Gone are the days of using 1-5 stars to rate our favorite, our not so favorite, movies. Well… almost gone. Netflix is slowly rolling out the new rating system over the next month. Some subscribers will already be noticing a change, but it will be subscriber wide in a matter of time.
The weirdest thing about this, is that they claim It’s to make your reviews “more streamlined” when, in reality, it dumbs down the rating system. When I see a movie that has 3+ stars, I can assume that it’s okay. If it has 4-5, then it’s a great movie! Any less than 3 and I wont bother. When it comes to thumbs… you either have movies and TV that are universally loved, hated, or 50/50. Just because you like a movie, doesn’t mean it’s a 5/5. A good movie can still be 3/5, but it just has problems. Or it was “So bad it’s good”, AKA: Manborg.
Am I reading too much into this? Of course I am, but I am a reviewer of movies, so I don’t like to see a rating system so simple when the complexities of enjoying a film hang on so many different factors. At the end of the day, film is ‘subjective’ and just because one person likes a movie, doesn’t mean YOU will.
At least the system that Siskel & Ebert invented will live on forever…
The Morning After with Robin & Worts