Notice: I do my best to write all reviews as objectively as possible, but please understand if there is any bias in my reviews on this site.
(As of 6/12/2012, I have simplified my ratings. I will no longer be giving a star grade to certain aspects such as originality, picture quality, etc. and instead will be commenting on these within the entry.)
The following is a guide explaining the meaning behind the different * and letter grades:
Overall Grade (usually called Final Verdict in my entries):
A+ Perfect story; innovative, timeless, classic.
A Great story; viewers may consider it to be innovative and/or timeless–certain viewers may consider it classic-material.
A- Solid story; leaves a few (very minor) plot ends loose.
B+ Good story, but may fall short in some aspects.
B Good story, but has a few important loose ends untied–room for more story.
B- Decent story, but lacks in “wow” factor.
C+ Average viewing experience with potential; at times may have seemed a little long.
C Flat average; not great–but not horrible either.
C- Passes the time; watch in theaters if you want to, but this is more of a DVD/stream-type of movie.
D+ Recommended to wait until DVD release or streaming availability; fast-forward worthy.
D Very difficult to stay interested; at times seems to drag or go on too long.
D- Drags and bores; consider this a rainy-day movie or a last resort if there’s absolutely nothing else to watch.
F Boring; great movie to catch your Z’s in–may have been a pain to finish or impossible to finish–possibly even a movie someone would walk out on.
Note: Foreign films will also include my rating for the subtitles. The ratings key for that is as follows:
* – Clearly poor, disjointed subtitling; may not even subtitle the entire movie.
** – Skips some dialogue; subtitles seem extremely elementary and missing the meaning of the words.
*** – Occasionally skips dialogue and may also sometimes oversimplify dialogue.
**** – Rarely skips dialogue; for the most part is accurate and clear.
***** – Perfect (or near-perfect) subtitling job.
Within my entry I will also be making comment on story originality, plot, casting, re-watch factor, and my overall thoughts of each film when and where applicable.