300f18bJay%20Reviews%20Films_%20MY%20RATING%20SYSTEMWhen critics score a movie there are several methods they choose. Most popular is the 5 star rating system, some use only 3 stars. Then there’s the 1-10 point system with 1 representing Awful and 10 representing Awesome. Both in my opinion are fine although I prefer to use the 1-10 system and here’s why. The point system gives you a wider range to work with when scoring a movie then the star system. For example, when you see a movie that you believe to be average but not necessarily good, then a 5 would be the appropriate score to give. That’s letting you know that its a descent movie but not necessarily good overall. To where a 3 star score would mean good period! But like I said before, both systems are fine, I just prefer the 1-10 point system. Now regardless of what scoring system you choose, we all score films on several different things such as, acting, directing, story etc.. Now my question is this, how do you go about scoring a documentary? Most documentary’s have no acting at all and can be very different from your normal live action movies. Documentary’s often use a narrator that will narrate the doc thru out the entire duration. And in some instances there are documentary’s  with little to no dialogue making scoring, in my opinion, very difficult! So would using a more limited scoring system like the 5 star work better for documentary’s? Or better yet use the 3 star system! After all, how many things can there be to score it on. One recent documentary that comes to mind is the 2014 doc, “Life Itself”, about the life of famous movie critic Roger Ebert. Known for his movie review show with Gene Siskel and there famous “Thumbs up-Thumbs down” scoring system, Life Itself was a 10 for me. Really enjoyed this doc which left me feeling pretty sad. I gave it a 10 on the fact that I was really moved by it but there have to be other factors to take into consideration when it comes to scoring a documentary. So what do you look for when scoring a doc? And what scoring system do you think is more appropriate since there seem to be less to score it on. Either way, we need to score!…

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