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Your (New) Guide to the Flixist Reviews Guide

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Behind the scenes of the Best Damn Movie Reviews on the Internet

One of the perks of being a writer at Flixist is that you get to read my super awesome, overly long reviews guide. I've been Flixist's Reviews (and Features) Editor editor for so long that I had to check my LinkedIn to see just how long it's been (nearly two and a half years). In that time, I've made some not-insignificant changes to the way that we write, structure, and fundamentally think about reviews. The Flixist that you are reading now is very different from the Flixist that launched in 2010. (That's a good thing, by the way. There's always room to grow.)

But although I've gone back and updated the Reviews Cheat Sheet that our original Reviews Editor and co-founder Tom Fronzak wrote four and a half years ago, I figured that it was time to finally put together a new one of these. Especially since the language of our review scores has just had its greatest change since we introduced an "Average" to our scale.

If you're interested in the inner workings of your favorite movie site (this one), read on.

One thing has not changed since our inception: We want our review scores, especially at the extremes of the scale, to matter. They do matter. They matter a lot. We've reviewed more than 1000 films since our inception. Of those, only six have scored a 95 or higher. Seriously

I'm proud of that. We are proud of that.

People talk about using the entire scale. Some outlets try. Most don't. We try, and we succeed. Only five films have scored below a 20, and only one below a 10. A score is not an afterthought, and we don't treat it like one. It is a fundamental part of the review.

But a score represents a word, and that word represents a blurb. That blurb, ideally, represents the review itself. Flixist launched with a 200 point scale and has since dropped to 100. The specific requirements a film had to meet to reach any given category have changed. We have done this to make it easier for you, the reader, to understand where we are coming from. And also for us, the writers, to get our own feelings across as effectively as possible. It was with that in mind that we revised those little blurbs. So without further ado:

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10: Legendary. One of the best and most influential films ever made. Period.

9.5: Ultimate. I was blind but now I see. This has literally changed what I think films are capable of.

9: Spectacular. An instant classic, one of the best films I have ever seen.

8.5: Exceptional. One of the best films of the year. You should see it immediately.

8: Great. Definitely check this one out. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

7: Good. I liked this one, and you will too.

6: Decent. Yes, this could have been better, but it is still worth your time.

5: Average. By the time you read this, I will have already forgotten about this movie.

4: Subpar. I kind of want to like this movie, but I can't. It is not worth your time.

3: Bad. I do not like this movie, and I'm not even going to try.

2: Terrible. Do. Not. See. This. You and everyone involved should feel ashamed for wasting your time if you do.

1: Atrocious. I cannot believe I subjected myself to this. You will be furious if you do, livid if you pay to do so.

0: Repulsive. My hatred for this horrible, morally repugnant movie will literally consume me. If it shows up on your TV, throw it out the window. It has been sullied forever.

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We have used every single part of this spectrum. I've personally used all but the top honors. Some of those numbers come easily, some only after a serious discussion with other members of the staff. But all of them come from the heart. And by removing the royal "we" found in previous versions, we have decided to embrace that. Modern Method has always prided itself on the personalities of its writers. We're not nameless, faceless soldiers working in the MM army. We are individuals, with our own feelings and beliefs. It's why we've embraced second opinions, allowing other writers to add their own thoughts to the main review, serving as confirmation or condemnation of the Official Flixist Opinion, as though such a thing could ever exist.

I know that some people will see my byline and think, "I trust this guy." Others will say the exact opposite. I'm the same way with other critics, and I get it. That's fine. In fact, it's great. It's that disagreement that creates compelling critical discourse. And that's really what we're all after. Because movies are great by yourself, but the real fun begins when you share your feelings (good and bad) with the rest of us.

If you're new to Flixist and you made it this far, welcome. We hope you like it here. And we hope that, whether you agree with us or not, you at least understand that what we say is what we truly believe.

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Alec Kubas-Meyer signed up for Flixist in May of 2011 as a news writer, and he never intended to write a single review. Funny, then, that he is now the site's Reviews (and Features) Editor. After... more + disclosures


 


 



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