Star Score Guide

As much for myself as for you, the hypothetical readers, here is a list of every possible star score in my movie review system and what they roughly mean.

For a list of all my reviews ordered by their star scores, visit this page.

0 out of 5 - So loathsome that I not only cannot recommend it to anyone, but I urge all thinking creatures to stay away.

0.5 out of 5 - Impossible to actually enjoy, though it may have one single redeeming feature. Probably not worth the pain, though.

1 out of 5 - Not recommended. Maybe someone somewhere wouldn't find it a waste of time, but I can't imagine it.

1.5 out of 5 - Pretty bad, though it may have one or two redeeming features. Possibly worthwhile for the mockery factor.

2 out of 5 - Not terrible, but sorely lacking in several areas. May actually be more painful than lower-scored films due to a strong sense of wasted potential.

2.5 out of 5 - Pretty meh. May have some real strengths, but suffers from equally real failures. At least it's not a total waste of time.

3 out of 5 - Good enough to recommend, but I wouldn't run out and bump it to the top of your Netflix queue or anything.

3.5 out of 5 - Genuinely enjoyable. May be flawed, possibly even seriously, but has enough strengths to recommend without serious reservation.

4 out of 5 - Definitely solid. Shows real craft and competence in most dimensions. Recommended for immediate viewing, lest it become unavailable for some reason (e.g. Netflix Instant attrition).

4.5 out of 5 - Highly recommended; nearly flawless. Worth actually spending money to be able to see.

5 out of 5 - A true cinematic achievement, worthy of a permanent place in the annals of film. Why haven't you seen this yet?

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