Movie Ratings and Short Reviews

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  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAdam's Rib 5/5

    2009-07-09 15:19
    * * * * *
    0.3
  • Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The... 3.5/5

    1993-11-11 11:11
    * * * +
    0.3
  • After Hours (1985) 3/5

    1985-11-11 11:11
    * * *
    0.3
  • Airplane! (1980) 3/5

    1980-11-11 11:11
    * * *
    0.3
  • Aliens (1986) 4/5

    1986-11-11 11:11
    * * * *
    0.3
  • Amazing Colossal Man, The (1957) 2.5/5

    1957-01-01 00:00
    * * +
    0.3
  • Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) 2/5

    1987-01-01 00:00
    * *
    0.3
  • American Werewolf in London, An (1981) 3/5

    1981-01-01 00:00
    * * *
    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAmericanization of Emily, The (1964) 4/5

    1964-11-20 22:09
    * * * *
    0.3
  • Annie Hall (1977) 5/5

    1977-01-01 00:00
    * * * * *
    0.3
  • Apocalypse Now (1979) 5/5

    1979-01-01 00:00
    * * * * *
    0.3
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) 2.5/5

    1958-01-01 00:00
    * * +
    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAviator, The (2004) 4.5/5

    2004-11-11 11:11
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    0.3
  • Awful Truth, The (1937) 5/5

    1937-11-11 11:11
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    0.3
  • Babe (1995) 5/5

    1995-11-11 11:11
    * * * * *
    0.3
  • Babes in Arms (1939) 4/5

    1939-11-11 11:11
    * * * *
    0.3
  • Babette's Feast (1987) 3.5/5

    1987-11-11 11:11
    * * * +
    0.3
  • Back to School (1986) 2.5/5

    1986-11-11 11:11
    * * +
    0.3
  • Back to the Beach (1987) 1.5/5

    1987-01-01 00:00
    * +
    0.3
  • Back to the Future (1985) 5/5

    1985-11-11 11:11
    * * * * *
    0.3
  • Bad and the Beautiful, The (1952) 5/5

    1952-11-11 11:11
    * * * * *
    0.3
  • Bad News Bears, The (1976) 3/5

    1976-11-11 11:11
    * * *
    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBad Seed, The (1956) 4/5

    1956-01-01 00:00
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    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBall of Fire (1941) 5/5

    1941-11-11 11:11
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    0.3
  • Bambi (1942) 3.5/5

    1942-11-11 11:11
    * * * +
    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBand Wagon, The (1953) 5/5

    1953-11-11 11:11
    * * * * *
    0.3
  • Barefoot Contessa, The (1954) 4/5

    1954-11-11 11:11
    * * * *
    0.3
  • Barefoot in the Park (1967) 2.5/5

    1967-11-11 11:11
    * * +
    0.3
  • Barkleys of Broadway, The (1949) 3.5/5

    1949-11-11 11:11
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    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBatman (1965) 2.5/5

    1965-11-11 11:11
    * * +
    0.3
  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) 1.5/5

    1973-01-01 00:00
    * +
    0.3
  • Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) 2.5/5

    1965-01-01 00:00
    * * +
    0.3
  • Beach Party (1963) 2/5

    1963-01-01 00:00
    * *
    0.3
  • Bedazzled (1967) 3/5

    1967-11-11 11:11
    * * *
    0.3
  • Beetlejuice (1988) 3.5/5

    1988-11-11 11:11
    * * * +
    0.3
  • Being John Malkovich (1999) 5/5

    1999-11-11 11:11
    * * * * *
    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBeing Julia (2004) 3/5

    2004-11-11 11:11
    * * *
    0.3
  • Being There (1979) 4/5

    1979-11-11 11:11
    * * * *
    0.3
  • Belle et la bête, La (1946) 5/5

    1946-11-11 11:11
    * * * * *
    0.3
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) 2.5/5

    1970-11-11 11:11
    * * +
    0.3

ratings explained

Of course my ratings are subjective, but they are also based on forty years of movie-going, viewing thousands of films of all genres and national origins (many repeatedly), years of reading about movies and movie-making, and a deep affection for the cinema. Take my ratings for what they’re worth, which is quite a bit . . . in my opinion.

five_stars a masterpiece

These are the finest productions, perfect in most every way, usually ground-breaking and influential on later films. These should be on everyone’s must-see list.

four_stars excellent

These are flawed masterpieces or movies that are otherwise technically superior but not as “important” as the top-rated films.

three_stars good

These movies are worth seeing, but certainly not required viewing. Fans of the genres, actors, directors, or technicians responsible may be the main audience for these films.

two_stars fair

These movies are not really worth the time or effort required to see them. While watching one of these films, one wonders why the cast and staff didn’t realize this and just throw in the towel. Perhaps their apathy is reflected in the poor results.

one_star a bomb

A complete and utter waste of time. However, sometimes the results provide sufficient (usually unintentional) comic byproducts to make these “movies” (I use the term loosely) enjoyable on some very basic level.