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. A personal recommendation is a measure of how much I gleaned from the film and would recommend it to someone with identical tastes to my own. It would vary from person to person.
A+: Fantastic film, thoroughly satisfying, and it completely engulfs you; an all time favorite.
A: A thoroughly satisfying masterpiece, a yearend top ten lock-in.
A-: There may be a few minor flaws, but still an excellent work of art.
B+: I appreciate it a lot, but there are few things that detract from it; 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: 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.