About our ratings

The Critical Eye‘s rating system is a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. The inspiration was the grading system in school, which was given in percentiles and which we adapted for the purposes of TCE.

TCE rating scale


Almost no movie is so perfect that it deserves a 10; it would have to be a religious experience, like looking into the face of God for 90 mins – but with product placement.



A movie that’s well-worth seeing, for reasons we’ll be happy to ramble on endlessly about. happy0027 Free Emoticons   Happy



A halfway decent movie.



Anything below a 7.5 starts to get iffy, for various reasons. Essentially, the good still outweighs the bad, but it’s getting hard to ignore the smell.



A neutral score, or ambivalence. A “meh”. It’s equally good and bad. indifferent0004 Free Emoticons   Indifferent



Anything below a 5.0 is more bad than good. It might even be evil! Watch at your own risk! shock



Almost no movie gets a 1. It would have to have been put together by monkeys. Real monkeys. And with serious mental and physical limitations, no less. Such movies are great for extracting information from uncooperative prisoners. It’s a little known fact that Jack Bauer uses them.


Should you have any questions or comments about this scale, please feel free to post on this page or to email us (consult the About The Critical Eye page for contact information).

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