About the rating system:
Because I think of my readers as busy people whose lives, and even whose leisure time, are not organized around movies, I doubt the need for a finely calibrated, four- or five-star rating system, which could only accentuate the subjectivity of movie-reviewing anyway. Such readers, it seems to me, are likely to want instead to know the following:
- Is the movie so good that I simply must see it?
- Is it something that’s worth seeing if I haven’t got anything better to do on a Saturday night?
- Is it a waste of time?
For those who trust me to answer such questions on their behalf, I give for an affirmative answer to the first question (two stars), to the second, (one star) and to the third, (no stars).