Ratings are a quick personal judgment of a film’s merit. Readers are encouraged to read the entire review to discern my opinion of a film. Suggested Audience is my personal opinion of what age group a particular film would be appropriate for. It will naturally vary drastically from person to person. Personal Recommendation is a measure of how much I gleaned from the film and would recommend it to someonw with identical tastes to my own. It would also vary from person to person.
A+: Fantastic film, thoroughly satisfying, and it completely engulfs you; an all time favorite.
A: No major flaws, thoroughly satisfying, yearend top ten lock-in.
A-: A few noticeable flaws, but still very good and worth watching.
B+: I appreciate it a lot, but there is at least one significant flaw; a possible yearend top ten contender.
B: A solid work of cinema, worth watching a few times.
B-: I admire it in part, but there are several significant flaws.
C+: About average, some good parts, but many flaws as well, worth watching once.
C: Just below average, not a complete waste of time, but more negatives than positives.
C-: Very little worthwhile; it has basic competence, but that’s pretty much it.
D+: Very little worthwhile, but lacks basic competence; a borderline painful experience.
D: Almost nothing worthwhile, maybe one good scene saves it from a lower rating.
D-: Incompetent junk.
F: An offense to the art of filmmaking. Hand a home video camera to a six-year-old and they would randomly make a more arresting film. If you ever gave me one of these films, I would destroy it.
with discernment means extra caution is suggested
Kids and up: Appropriate for all audiences, not necessarily of interest to all audiences
Teens and up: Appropriate for teens, best judgment is, of course, left to the parents
Adults: Appropriate for adults only
No one: Offensive enough that I do not see a reason for anyone to watch it