We rank films on a scale lifted shamelessly from that indelible resource, godparent to online film criticism, and listmaker non pareilThey Shoot Pictures, Don’t They.

It is as follows:

  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Worth a Look
  • Approach with Caution
  • Not Recommended

Conformity to this scale achieves the following: it allows for differentiation without quantification (do not confuse the five categories as analogous to five stars – there is no linear translation). In “worth a look” and “approach with caution” it offers greater consideration to conflicted works, which in more conventional rating schemes find no appropriate classifier. And in reserving only a single category, Not Recommended, for those films best avoided, we save ourselves the pointless task of trying to compute the precise ordering of bad pictures, when all that is required is to leave them alone.