Movie Review Criteria & Rating System

Reviewers should recognise that the period the movies were produced will of course be limited by the technology (etc) available at that time.  HOWEVER, in the fun spirit of things, we will of course evaluate  all movies according to our current expectations (yes, even the classics).  THE REASON?  It’s simpler.  Besides, if a well-loved classic story wins an Awful award, someone might be inspired to re-make it with modern effects and a big budget!!

Scores out of 5 should be awarded for each of the following criteria, as relevant*.

a) STORY.
b) DIRECTION (including cinematography)
c) ACTING
d) COSTUMES & MAKEUP
e) SET
f) LIGHTING & SOUND (ie sound effects; not music)
g) SPECIAL EFFECTS (including stunts, explosions, digital elements…)
h MUSIC
i) ENGAGEMENT (ie how engrossed did you get?)

* Sometimes, there will be no special effects.  If they weren’t relevant to the story, just ignore criterion g) rather than giving 0/5.

SCORING
When you’re finished, add up all the scores, then divide the total by the number of criteria you used, and then multiply by 100 to get a % rating.

HOW THE RATINGS WILL BE USED TO CATEGORISE REVIEWS IN THE RANKING LIST
0 – 19%        Classic Awful
20 – 39%     Plain Awful
40 – 59%     Standard
60 – 79%     Good
80 – 100%  Actually Awesome

Reviews for each year will be ranked from lowest to highest.  The highest scored movie will win the AWsome Award, and the lowest scored movie will win the AWful Award.  Ties will all be acknowledged because they’ll give us more to talk about.

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