It would appear that if one wants to review things, there must be some sort of rating attached for quick judgment by a fickle readership. While I of course subscribe to the literary snob idea of writing the review as text and letting the reader make up his or her mind based on a careful reading and analysis, I realize that most people just skim a review for anything funny and/or inflammatory and skip to see what the score is.
So, without further ado, I reveal my rating system, which will heretofore be used to score anything and everything a review in the future. Please note that I review everything “as is” and “how I feel about it at the time.” There is rarely any conscious analysis and comparison against the greats of a particular genre or medium, or even against items of similar ilk.
This means that I loved it. Go out and do whatever it takes to have the experience, even if it means watching Gigli.
I liked it. Do whatever it takes, short of watching Gigli.
It was “okay”. Check it out if the opportunity presents itself, but don’t go out of your way.
I didn’t like it. It’s better than Gigli, but unless you love the genre or not having fun, don’t bother.
I hated it. It probably is Gigli. If you have a dog-eared copy of The 120 Days of Sodom. on your shelf, this might be right up your alley. But don’t forget to pick a safeword…