Rating System Change

I feel I am obligated to officially announce a slight change in the way I rate movies in reviews. I have always rated movies out of Tommy Ds, ranging from 0 to 4 in quarter-point increments. After much toughness in assigning ratings to films and trying to maintain decent standards of fairness and consistency (I’ve already talked at length about the difficulties of the process), as well as feeling that I didn’t hand out the full 4 Tommy Ds often enough (instead often settling for 3.75 Tommy Ds), I am simplifying the system by only using half-point increments.

Of course, just because two movies have the same rating doesn’t mean they are equal. It just means they can be grouped in a similar “tier,” so to speak. I will soon follow with an incredibly ambitious post where I make changes to all my past ratings that were scored to with a quarter-increment, and I will also make changes to certain films’ ratings based on now having more benchmarks accumulated over time.

While these are important things to bear in mind, I think that the deeper levels of analysis are what matter more (I’ve always wanted the beneath-the-surface-level analysis to be the focal point of this blog); the Tommy D scores are just a way to loosely quantify these thoughts.

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Clemson and UGA alum with a market research job in LA. And I kind of like movies.

Posted on July 8, 2012, in Other. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I like it. Makes it easier to rate and makes less statements about what movie is better than another unless you really mean it.

  2. I’m all in favor of as simple a rating system as possible. The rating is after all just a quick summary. No need to make it detailed and complicated when the real detail is always in the written review. Good move!

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