Reviews - Format and Grading Methodology

The Perfect Opinion will have a bit of a different focus on the way I write reviews and make recommendations.

We live in the era of the lazy, everyone wants information right at their fingertips and often bloggers and reviewers go into so much detail about things that it becomes confusing as to the specific message that they've given that people end up looking straight at the grade and using that to make their decision, however I want to take the 'number out of ten' idea out of the equation, and therefore will have a word based scale instead.  In a way it's kind of the same thing, but at the same time it's not because a word has a meaning and a number does not.  I'll leave a clause here that I may use a number out of 10 every now and then because I feel that the movie warrants that kind of description.

Therefore, I will stipulate that every review or recommendation I post will be first outlined by a brief overview and will be given a grade from the list below.  I have tried to outline what each of these signifiers means so that at quick view it is easy to tell whether it's worth your time.


An absolute shocker, simply put - do not waste your time as I cannot see this being enjoyed by any person.  In most cases this will be reserved for things I am unable to complete.


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This is almost as bad as Outrageous above however I managed to finish this one so it's not quite as shocking.  I don't see myself giving this score too often.


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I'm surprised that I didn't consider this grade in the first place, but alas after a few reviews that really should have received this mark instead of 'Decent' I decided that it was time to ad this option in.  There is too much of a gap between Terrible and Decent and thus, we have poor.  Something that is not quite bad but doesn't quite make it to the average or good level.


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I was able to get through it, but I can't really say that I enjoyed it or I didn't enjoy it.  This is reserved for the things that are right there in the middle of "yeah it's watchable but I don't think many people will like it" and "if you've absolutely got nothing else to do and must watch or read something".


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This is pretty much the standard that I think a film or book should try to aspire to.  It should be at least what someone would consider "good".  I believe that some to most people will enjoy this so if I mark it's good it's probably worth a watch.


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Obviously this is in between Good and Incredible so that gives you a good idea of it's quality already.  Something that I quite thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend that most people watch.  It will probably have a couple of short-coming's that I feel stopped it from being one of those upper echelon "Incredible" experiences.


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The second top choice, it's pretty much flawless except for perhaps a few nagging things here and there.  Basically, this is a must watch, go out and see it or read it as soon as you possibly can.


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This will be the rarest of all classifications, it's reserved for those things that absolutely and truly blow you away.  The reason's will always be given in the post, but this is the type of experience that you need to drop everything to get into your cerebellum.



What I will review?
Everything and anything.  If I have a good meal out at a restaurant I might decide to review that, if I drive a specific car that I haven't driven before, I'll review that.  Pen's, Paints, Paper, Food, Movies, TV, Everything will be reviewed here and if you find you agree with the things I like, then by all means you should try anything that I've liked and you haven't tried yet.


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When you see the above title you should be aware that the following part of the article possible features in depth Technical and Scientific details.   This part will not necessarily be important to the overall topic post so if you're not interested in this sort of thing then it's suitable to skip it over, however if this is the type of thing that you thrive on then there will definitely be some juicy tidbits hidden in the Tech Talk sections.