The AboutFilm.Com Movie Rating System
We rate movies using a letter grade system, according to the chart below. (Children's movies are rated according to a slightly different system.) You'll find no grade inflation here at AboutFilm.Com, so anything rated a C+ or higher is above average, in the opinion of the reviewer, and thus recommended viewing.
|A+||One of the very best of its genre; a seminal film worth seeing again and again|
|A||Outstanding; any flaws are easily overlooked|
|A-||A flawed gem; excellent movie with minor but noticeable shortcomings|
|B+||Very good; worth going out of your way to see|
|B||Good; a solid effort–not essential viewing, but worth seeing|
|B-||Good but quite uneven; contains both compelling features and substantial problems|
|C+||Slightly above average; nothing special but enjoyable|
|C||So-so; average–individual results may vary|
|C-||Mediocre but watchable|
|D+||Pretty bad, although watchable in parts|
|D||Consistently poor; worth going out of your way to miss|
|D-||Quite awful, albeit with some minor redeeming quality|
|F||Notify Amnesty International–this film is a crime against humanity|
Children's movies (i.e., family movies intended primarily for children in their single-digit years) are denoted in the indices by the playground sign icon and graded slightly differently.
Our ratings for family movies include a normal grade, according to AboutFilm.Com's standard rating system (above), and a rating "for kids," which takes into account the movie's values and suitability for youngsters.