- Ratings of 1 – 5 whole stars
- Ratings of 0 – 4 stars, with half-stars
- Ratings of 0 – 5 stars, with half-stars
- Academic-style letter grades, with + or –
- Ratings with a decimal fraction
Movie reviews often include a numerical score or letter grade. It can be helpful to compare such ratings from a variety of reviewers and publications, but this is complicated by the fact that different sources use different systems of rating. The following tables show how to interpret scores from the most widely used methods of scoring movie reviews. For each numerical or letter grade in a given system, there is a row with the equivalent average (i.e. estimated or approximate) rating on a 1 – 99 scale. Also displayed on the same row are the minimum and maximum scores, and the corresponding uncertainty, again using a 1 – 99 scoring system.
Some review sites use a 0 or 1 to 100 scoring system. For all practical purposes, these ratings can be trivially converted to a 1 – 99 scale simply by neglecting the tiny discrepancy. Hey, this isn’t rocket science! The advantage of using a 1 – 99 system is that it requires only two display digits, and it allows 0 to be reserved to mean “Unrated”.
Ratings of 1 – 5 whole stars
The following table shows how to convert from 1 – 5 whole stars (or an equivalent 5-valued scheme) to a rating between 1 and 99.
|4, Very Good||70||60||79||10|
Ratings of 0 – 4 stars, with half-stars
The following table shows how to convert from a system that uses 0 – 4 stars, also allowing for half-stars (or an equivalent 9-valued scheme) to a rating between 1 and 99.
Ratings of 0 – 5 stars, with half-stars
The following table shows how to convert from a system that uses 0 – 5 stars, also allowing for half-stars (or an equivalent 11-valued scheme) to a rating between 1 and 99.
Academic-style letter grades, with + or –
The following table shows how to convert from a conventional academic letter grading system (F – A), also allowing for +/- qualifiers, to a rating between 1 and 99. Generally, this system omits the letter grade of E, and F is never qualified (i.e. there is no usage of F- or F+).
Ratings with a decimal fraction