Re-Rated: Movie Reviews I May Have Gotten Wrong

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I know a couple of people here have in the past picked on my “rating system” when it comes to my movie reviews. I admit I’ve made mistakes… I have a tendency to rate new releases too highly, probably partly due to hype & partly due to my enjoyment of seeing a new film in the cinema/theater. However, there are also times when a movie goes up in my estimation after I’ve reviewed it. I love it when that actually happens!

I’ve never really explained my rating system here (which is on a scale of one to ten, ten being the best). I think it’s really simple – it’s based almost entirely on MY own personal enjoyment but I do take “worthiness” into consideration somewhat if reviewing a classic for something like my IMDB project. Hence, something like Adventures In Babysitting gets a 9/10 from me while On The Waterfront, which I found boring, will get a much lower rating than that when I eventually get around to reviewing it. I’m not saying that Adventures In Babysitting is the better film – I’m just saying that I like it more. Makes sense, right??? πŸ™‚

Below are some films I watched for the first time since starting this blog two & a half years ago which I feel I either gave too high or too low of a rating. None have changed too drastically. I’m extremely opinionated when it comes to movies I like or dislike so I’d never change my mind completely. Let’s start with the ones I think I rated too highly:

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Godzilla (2014)
Original Rating: 7/10
New Rating: 6/10

This damn movie! I think I ended up liking it even less after a few of you picked on me for trashing it in my review then giving it a 7/10. I don’t know… I think I try to be nice with my ratings sometimes as it’s not like I’ve ever made a movie. This wasn’t the worst thing ever plus Godzilla looked great (when you finally got to see him after watching a bunch of idiots you didn’t care about for the first hour). It needed a better script & characters, though.

Pacific Rim
Original Rating: 7.5/10
New Rating: 6.5/10

WHAT?! 7.5? What was I smoking??? Here’s where I’m going to get in trouble – I gave this a higher rating than Godzilla when it was far more guilty of having a godawful script. However, I’m still giving it a higher rating than Godzilla since I did actually enjoy it slightly more, even if it was dumb as hell. Sorry! At least the first half wasn’t boring as shit.

Pretty Much Every Superhero Movie Other Than Guardians Of The Galaxy:

I won’t list them all since I think I’ve reviewed every superhero movie that has been released since I started this blog. I still really hate Man Of Steel – I gave that a 6/10 but I’d like to change that to 5/10. I admit I rated The Amazing Spider-Man 2 too highly since I like Andrew Garfield more than Tobey Maguire but, still – I haven’t exactly loved any of the Spider-Man films. X-Men: Days Of Future Past was a mess so I’d probably knock at least half a point off of that now. Actually, to be on the safe side, just take half a point off every rating I give superhero movies from now on. πŸ˜‰ They’re such fun popcorn movies that I kind of get caught up in the moment when I review them right after seeing them. I’d even already lower my Avengers: Age Of Ultron & maybe even my Big Hero 6 ratings. However, Guardians Of The Galaxy remains a firm 8.5 & I was considering raising it to a 9. We’ll see if any future films taint things or not.

American Hustle
Original Rating: 7/10
New Rating: 6/10

Why did I give this a 7?! I must have been blinded by the fact that I love the 70s. This should never have been up for a Best Picture nomination & wasn’t worthy of the hype. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t anything that special. I also think Silver Linings Playbook is overrated – knock half a point off of that too! Maybe I’m just not a David O Russell fan.

Interstellar
Original Rating: 6.5/10
New Rating: 6/10

Screw this movie. I was going to give it a 6 in the first place but got too scared of the Nolanites.

Now onto the movies I think I rated too lowly:

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The Warriors
Original Rating: 8.5/10
New Rating: 9.5/10

Yes, 9.5 is very high. I think I’ve only given that twice on this blog (to The Breakfast Club & WALL-E) plus a 10 only once (to The Shawshank Redemption). Those three are all movies I already loved from my pre-blog days, though (there would be more 9 & up but I’ve given up on reviewing old all-time favorites for now as I just don’t have the time). My two favorite things about having a movie blog are 1) chatting with like-minded movie fans and 2) discovering new (well, mostly old) movies that I now love. I’ve forced myself to watch movies I’d probably still be putting off watching if I didn’t have this blog making me feel like it’s almost my job to watch things that have been on my “To Watch” list for years. I can thank this blog for my new love of Charlie Chaplin and probably also Studio Ghibli as I may have not watched the fabulous NausicaΓ€ Of The Valley Of The Wind or some of the other great Ghiblis beyond My Neighbor Totoro otherwise. But Chaplin & Studio Ghibli are highly regarded & I gave them all very high ratings when I reviewed them. However, if I’m completely honest, The Warriors is my very favorite CPD “new discovery” that had been on my To Watch list for years and, along with a John Carpenter film I watched for the very first time recently, it would now be up there as an all-time favorite film of mine. I’ve given an 8.5 to some very good recent films such as Her & Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Those will never be all-time favorites, though, so I think The Warriors deserves a much higher rating than 8.5. It deserves a place among the the likes of Adventures In Babysitting! (And while I’m at it, I’d like to up the ratings by half a point for two other pre-blog favorites: Dawn Of The Dead (2004) & Hardware. Yes, Hardware. Deal with it!) πŸ˜‰

Hobo With A Shotgun
Original Rating: 6.5/10
New Rating: 7.5/10

I won’t go into this one much as I still have no clue why I like it. In fact, please don’t go read my review because it’s embarrassingly shit! I’m still as clueless now as I was then as to why I enjoyed this thing but it’s one of the movies I saw in the past few years that I think of most often. There’s just something about it & I don’t know why it’s not a bit of a cult classic yet (or is it? I have no idea). I really want to re-watch this now…

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Original Rating: 7/10
New Rating: 8/10

This was a hard movie to rate in the first place as it’s, well, not exactly good. But I like it. I LOVE David Bowie, though, so I’m going to like it much more than someone who doesn’t. It’s a very odd film but, like Hobo With A Shotgun, it’s one of the movies I’ve thought about the most since seeing it. It’s very artistic & iconic. Bowie is far from the best actor ever but I like this beautiful, weird ass movie a lot.

The Great Escape
Original Rating: 8.5/10
New Rating: 9/10

Not a huge difference in the rating but this was one of my favorite IMDB Top 250 movies I’ve watched & I think it deserves a 9/10 just as much as The Bridge On The River Kwai, which I did give a 9/10. Both are true classics & made me realize that maybe some war films actually ARE really bloody good after all.

A Lot Of Horror Movies:

I’m always a little harsh on horror movies here at CPD. Horror has never exactly been a favorite genre of mine but when good horror films actually do get made, I absolutely love them. Stuff like The Shining, The Omen, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Romero’s zombie films… Love them! The problem is that there are SO many bad ones these days that I probably don’t give the few decent ones the credit they deserve. I tend to rate them in comparison to non-horror movies when I should be comparing them to other movies in the horror genre to be more fair. These are all horror movies I’ve really enjoyed since starting this blog & I’d up all their ratings by half a point:

It Follows
Tucker And Dale Vs Evil
Grabbers
The Babadook

Also, I thought The Descent was pretty damn good but I think I gave it a fair rating of 8/10 – I just feel it’s worth another mention.

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Hmm. I did this as I wanted a quick thing to post but it ended up taking ages with all those links. I should have just reviewed Big Game instead (FYI – I’m thinking I’ll give it a 6/10 but it probably doesn’t deserve it because it’s pretty bad!). Sorry I’ve not been around much lately. I have a lot of real life things to deal with & my weekends have been too busy, which is when I usually try to catch up on reading other blogs. The blogging thing will have to go on hold for a little bit but I’ll do my best to write more of my high quality reviews that I squeeze into my 30 minute lunch breaks. πŸ˜‰

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69 thoughts on “Re-Rated: Movie Reviews I May Have Gotten Wrong

  1. Everyone makes mistakes! Haha. This was a great idea for a post, I may have to do the same one day πŸ™‚

    This sentence cracked me up – “Screw this movie. I was going to give it a 6 in the first place but got too scared of the Nolanites”

    Ooh, and guess what I’m watching this Friday night? Guardians of the Galaxy!!!!! I’ve never seen it before. And The Descent is a damn good film πŸ™‚

  2. American Hustle was boring and really not that great so I agree with you on that one. I enjoyed Godzilla and Pacific Rim and also tend to agree with you on those. Looking back on them, they are just not that strong. The Warriors and The Great Escape are f’n amazing and really deserve the higher ratings.

    Love this post!! lol

    • Lol. Thanks! πŸ™‚ Glad you agree with me on everything. πŸ˜‰ Yep – The Warriors & The Great Escape kick ass. I’m starting to think I should watch more girly movies, though…

  3. This is exactly why I resist assigning number or letter grades to movies. I’d rather just explain my thoughts on the movie rather than trying to decide where a movie is a 6 or a 6.5. I don’t even know what that means. I figure a reader can read my thoughts on a movie and determine for themselves whether or not it’s something that would appeal to them. They don’t need a grade. Way back when, I used to have an editor who insisted that all reviews included grades so she just assigned them based on what I had written. I refused to provide them myself.

    I won’t quibble over any of your grades – new or reassessed. But I will say I really liked American Hustle and feel that it has been under-rated. It seemed to me like there was a rush to tear that movie down for not being a “great” movie. I don’t know that it’s a classic. But I know I liked it a lot. I just rewatched it and it held up very well the second time around.

    I can definitely understand hedging your bets on first review or getting caught up in the fun of a popcorn movie. My initial Man of Steel review was mixed. But my thoughts on it have soured since I first saw the movie.

    Okay, I know I said I wasn’t going to quibble. But The Warriors?!? 9.5?!? Then again, if Adventures in Babysitting ranks a 9, I’m not sure how this scale works. πŸ˜‰

    • The only problem with not assigning a rating is that I think most people here don’t read what I say anyway & just scroll to the end of my review for the rating. Lol πŸ˜‰ Yeah… I don’t know about American Hustle…. I just realized after writing the review that I was actually quite bored through the whole thing. Unlike while watching The Warriors, which is awesome every second of the way! πŸ˜‰ My hatred for Man Of Steel grew afterwards when I thought about just how long & unnecessarily violent the final battle was. So many innocent deaths for no reason! Not needed in a superhero movie. Hmm.. I’m thinking I should maybe up my Adventures in Babysitting score now to match The Warriors…. I can handle people thinking I’m crazy for liking those two – I’m usually picked on for loving Hardware. lol

      • That’s why I don’t use ratings. I want people to read the review instead of scrolling to the grade. A rating reduces everything I was trying to say about a movie into an arbitrary letter or number. I know readers like ratings but I refuse to give them. If I’m going to the trouble of writing a review I want the reader to have to do the work of reading it! πŸ˜‰

      • If people actually had to read my ramblings, I’m pretty sure they’d stop visiting! πŸ˜‰ I do like reading a full review but don’t mind if people decide to use a rating as well. I think it’s a bit of a thing for me – I kind of tend to rank LOADS of things in life on a scale of one to ten. Ask my hubby – he also has to put up with me ranking things into my own little “top ten” lists. Okay… I think I may just have some issues. πŸ˜‰ I’d love to think people are actually reading what I have to say as well as looking at my rating, though. Maybe SOME are… πŸ™‚

  4. Brilliant idea! I think I too am guilty of rating films I’ve seen in the cinema higher, but the experience is just too awesome sometimes. I’m not even sure what I rated Gozdilla but that should probably be lowered…I’m a little scared to see how I rated it in the first place now, haha!
    – Allie

    • I know – I just really enjoy the experience of going to a movie so I think I definitely rate those movies too high too often. Lol – now I want to know what you first said about Godzilla! πŸ˜‰

    • Hey! Hi! Oh man – I’ve fallen so behind on reading blogs again. How have you been?? Lol – Do you have some crazy sort of sixth sense for when a post mentioning The Warriors comes up? πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad I watched that movie! πŸ™‚

  5. I totally hear you on this. I sometimes get way too caught up in hype and also “classic” status but I am trying to really base my reviews on “how much did I enjoy this”. Hopefully we’ll both stay honest πŸ˜‰

    • Oh, I’ll always be honest! πŸ˜‰ But I think I’m swayed by other opinions sometimes, especially on classic films. I’ve not really enjoyed some of the IMDB Top 250. It’s hard to know how to rate a “classic” you know is worthy but that you didn’t enjoy at all. That’s why I’ve been putting off reviewing On The Waterfront for ages. It just didn’t do it for me!

  6. Great post Cutey Mutey. I’ve recently been trying to crack down on allowing hype (sometimes even the hype that’s deserved) influence my. . . pie. . . scale? God what a dumb rating system haha. One of these days maybe i’ll adopt something else that actually makes sense. πŸ˜›

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  8. Good lord you write on your lunch break?! That’s dedication, lady!!! I couldn’t imagine. But then again, I’m an agonizingly slow writer, so there’s that. Haha. I feel you on this–there are many grades that I’ve looked back on and been like, “Now why did I do that?” In fact, I may have to steal this idea from you at some point…We shall see. Anyway, fun to see the changes you made–even if this crazy Nolanite is dying a little seeing Interstellar drop another half point. πŸ˜‰ Yay on the horror movies being bumped up a little though!

    • Lol – that’s why my reviews are so crap! Plus, you know, the fact that I’m not a writer. πŸ˜‰ That’s why I don’t post as much lately – I can only really finish one or MAYBE two reviews in a week’s worth of lunch breaks. I eat while working instead so I don’t have to waste my 30 minute break on that! hehe – I’m so mean to Interstellar… I don’t know, I was just really bored through the whole thing. I’ll try to be nicer to horror movies from now on. With the ones that actually deserve it, at least. πŸ™‚

      • Oh you silly thing! Your reviews are as far from crap as they could possibly be! You sound like a busy bee though! I couldn’t imagine finding time to review with a full-time job AND a family. If I ever acquire the latter, it’s gonna be a struggle. Lol. Heck yes to being nice to deserving horror movies! We’ll work on you and Interstellar. πŸ˜‰

  9. I do this too. Especially with big Marvel films and the like. I’m always wary of giving new films 5/5 because there’s the argument that newer releases haven’t had time to settle into cinematic lore. The counterpoint to that, I feel, is part of a film’s job is to make you feel something in the moment and if you feel completely won over in the moment, then it’s right to award high praise. The flaw is probably in quantifying a film through numbers or stars, yet we all still do it – haha! Great post.

    Adam.

  10. I like the idea behind the post πŸ™‚ I also completely agree with Pacific Rim. The more time there is between me and the movie the more I wondered why exactly I found it so good the first time around. Great work!

    • Thanks! lol – Yeah…. I remember quite a few really positive reviews of Pacific Rim at first but then later people were like “Pacific Rim sucked!”. It was fun enough – just not very well-written. πŸ™‚

  11. Adventures In Babysitting is definitely like a 9 for me too, so is Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Pretty in PInk and a little obscure movie called Shag. Have you ever seen it? I haven’t met one person who has lol. The more I think about Interstellar the more I hate it. Although when I first saw I didn’t think it was that bad.

    • Adventures In Babysitting RULES! Why do more people not realize this?!? πŸ˜‰ I just looked up that Shag movie – why have I never seen that? I want to see it! I’ve added it to my Watchlist but, yeah, pretty obscure. 😦 Movies were so much better back then! Adventures In Babysitting kicks Interstellar’s ass. Don’t fuck with the babysitter, Nolan!

      • Yes those 80s movies were awesome and anything John Hughes should get at least an 8. One of my best friend’s introduced me to that Shag one. You would like it’s so 80’s even though its set in the 60’s. I could watch Adventures every night! Did you ever like Don’t tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead?

      • You know I love my John Hughes. πŸ˜‰ YES! I remember being really excited about Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead hoping it would be awesome like Adventures In Babysitting. But it wasn’t. 😦 It’s okay but no Adventures In Babysitting! πŸ˜‰

      • Lol! I love ugly old outfits. I find it weird seeing reruns of Friends now & it looks SO old & dated by their hairstyles & clothes. Which makes me feel old as I’m an 80s girl, not 90s like Friends!

  12. Great stuff, Mutant, and some new scores I agree with! Nice to see all those good horror titles squeezing out an extra half point, too ; )

    You were very generous with Godzilla and Pacific Dim!

    My ratings probably seem a bit all over the place too, so I understand what you’re saying. I also use a 0-10 scale, which tends to be based on my enjoyment and not necessarily how ‘good’ a film is. Horror films are the trickiest because so many of them are so utterly dreadful the good ones often get higher scores then non-horrors I enjoyed just as much. Hey, it’s all part of life’s rich tapestry, right?

    • Laura!!!! Another comment I missed! Hi again! πŸ™‚ Yeah – I think you rate movies the same way I do. If I like it, it gets a high rating! I don’t care if it’s not “good”. I think you’re far more generous with horror movies than I am, though. πŸ™‚

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    • Hahaha! A lot of people weren’t happy that I didn’t love that movie! But then a lot of people also agreed when I didn’t give it a very positive review. Glad to know that yet another person agrees with me. πŸ˜‰

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