Take a number if you sang those letters in your mind as you read them. Now scratch the letter “g” and you’ll have KC Confidential‘s new, improved movie ratings system.
Starting immediately, we’re leaving the stars, ticket stubs, popcorn bags, fingers – you name it – ratings systems behind.
Beginning with KCC movie maniac Jack Poessiger‘s review of The Wolverine, we’ll be dishing out Report Card movie rating grades. You know, like A is as good as it gets, B is pretty darn good. A grade of C is about average, if that’s the sort of film fare you prefer, go for it! And while D doesn’t stand for Dog, it’s close.
F means the only one who liked it was Fox 4 critic Shawn Edwards.
Here’s the deal – and I’ve argued this point for years:
Giving movie ratings based on four or five stars is confusing at best, always has been.
Take the Kansas City Star‘s four star ratings, for example.
Since reviewers (and for that matter people in general) are hesitant to label something as perfect, it’s hard to imagine almost any movie getting all four stars.
Yet if they give it three stars – which is damn near as close as you can get – three out of four is on 75 percent, which would be a C on any report card I’ve ever gotten. So maybe they give it three and a half, well, that’s 87.5 percent – which is good – but now people are having to work the math in their heads.
Did you get it right away? It’s 62.5 percent, or a low D. I can’t tell you how many 2 1/2 star ratings I’ve seen where the review seemed more charitable than the actual percentage.
Worse yet is 2.5 stars (or fingers) out of 5. I’ve read plenty of reviews that have ascribed this grade – that seemed to somewhat like the movie – yet 21/2 out of 5 is only 50 percent.
In short, going Alphabetical is far more telling and accurate. Like Entertainment Weekly. Again, it was a comments section comment on a recent Jack review that set this in motion.
So away we go…