IMDb allow you to rate films out of 10. If I think a film’s good, I give it 7, very good films get an 8, remarkable films get a 9, and the best films ever get 10. In the other direction, an OK film gets 6, a not very good film gets a 5, an appalling film gets 4 and the world’s worst films get a 3. I’ve not given any scores lower than a 3.
There are two films I’ve given 3/10 to. One is ‘The Final Destination’, which I watched at a friend’s house. It’s gruesome and horrible and I spent most of the film playing with my phone. I know it’s only cartoon violence, but it was abysmal. The other film I’ve given 3/10 to is ‘The Da Vinci Code’. I love Tom Hanks. I love Audrey Tautou. But. I think the reason I hated it so much was I’d only just read the book. So every scene that was different in the film to the book rankled with me. In the book, they go to the British Library. In the film, Mme Tatou is on the top deck of a London bus and borrows some chap’s mobile phone to look the up information they need online. Gah!
Some of the other films I’ve given a 4 or a 5 to include ‘The Long Kiss Goodnight’ (my best friend’s favourite film) and ‘You’ve Got Mail’ (I do like Tom Hanks, honestly!). Not even Halle Berry in swimwear could save ‘Die Another Day’, and someone should have saved Kirsten Dunst from making ‘Marie Antoinette’.
On the positives, the two films I’ve given 10/10 to are ‘Big’ - see, I told you I liked Tom Hanks - and ‘Walk the Line’, which I went to see at the cinema and came out open-mouthed at how great Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were. I’ve not seen it since as I’m afraid that I may not find it as great second-time round.
Some of the films I’ve given 9/10 are the original 1955 version of The Ladykillers and the very unknown Christian Slater and Mary Stuart Masterson romantic comedy ‘Bed of Roses’. And I seem to love films set in Paris - well, I love Paris - including Billy Crystal and Debra Winger in ‘Forget Paris’, 2011’s glorious ‘Hugo’, ‘Angel-A’ starring Rie Rasmussen and Jamel Debbouze, and the brilliantly dark ‘Max mon amour’ where Charlotte Rampling plays the wife of a British diplomat who takes a chimpanzee as a lover. Honest.
Downloading all my ratings, I’ve looked at the difference between my rating and the average rating of all IMDb users. So I can see the films I loved and hated more/less than the average person.
Apart from ‘The Da Vinci Code’ (see above), the films I hated the most compared to other people were ‘The Double Life of Veronique’ (I rated it 2.9 points lower than the average score - me 5, IMDb users 7.9 - and I can’t remember anything about it now). I was also 2.9 points lower than the average IMDb user (me 6, IMDb users 8.9) about ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’. I really didn’t think a huge amount of the LotR films.
The film I liked the most compared to others will be controversial. The average IMDb user gave it 3.2/10. I gave it 7/10. And that film is ‘Spice World’. Yes, it’s no ‘Citizen Kane’, but as films about pop bands with a good script and some great cameos go, it’s good.
And I don’t care what you think.
Picture credit: ‘Tom Hanks' by flickr user Thomas Hawk, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license