You may have noticed that my movie rating system has changed. For a while now, I have been using a percentage system with films scoring between 1% and 100%. A few weeks ago, I switched over to a simpler method.
From now on, my silent film reviews will use the star system. All films will score between one and five stars in half-star increments.
Why the change? Well, I am not a huge fan of overly precise scoring systems, they get too fussy, if that makes any sense. The star system put films into more general categories and doesn’t pit Film A (81%) against Film B (84%). Now, both films would score a solid four stars.
I am in the process of revising and reworking all my reviews with the new score system. As I am working in chronological order, my older reviews are going to be changed first. Please be patient as I foresee this process taking quite a few weeks to complete.
For easy reference, I am listing my reviews by their new score on one convenient page. Check back often as I will be updating. I hope the new layout makes for easier browsing.
For your convenience, here are the new scores and what they mean:
★ = Awful!
★½ = Bad
★★ = Meh
★★½ = Average or unexceptional
★★★ = Good
★★★½ = Very good
★★★★ = Splendid
★★★★½ = Breathtaking
★★★★★ = Masterpiece
Obviously, most films will fall into the ★★½ to ★★★★ range with the highest and lowest ranks being reserved for exceptional fare.