About my reviews
I review horror movies.
I judge each movie based on what that movie promises. The big question for me with any horror movie is simply … Does it deliver?
Why did I pull the “X out of Y” scores?
Earlier this year I started to wonder at the relative value of some arbitrary number. Upon reflection I wasn’t sure that 7 out of 10 (as an example) meant anything. Can I really boil down my perception of a movie, with all its different movie parts, down to “X out of Y”? What if some of the movie is spectacular and other parts are lacking?
I love horror films and the last thing I want to do is dissuade someone from watching something because it didn’t work for me and they were scared off by a low score. The kicker was when I realized that I often find some of my fave flicks branded with low scores. If I had taken this or that reviewers advice I might have missed a film I love.
Then there is also the strong argument that “X out of Y” scores allow people to skim reviews and just look for scores. I’ve gained value from pretty much every review I’ve bothered to read whereas I could name countless times I’ve taken exception with some of the scores I’ve seen.
Ultimately I’ve decided “X out of Y” scores hurt more than they help.
Aaaaand, we’re done.