Here is a quick reference guide to the review scores given out here at Bonjour Tristesse.
0.0 - 4.9 The worst of the worst. Films I either stopped
watching before they ended or fell asleep while watching. Scores in
this range reflect how far I got through before quitting. It's not very likely you will find a review for this type of film here.
Examples: Battle Los Angeles, The Green Hornet, Insidious
5.0 - 5.9
Poor. Films I could tolerate till the end but were either utter
disappointments or have no redeeming qualities. I usually wont bother
writing a post for anything in this range or below, but will make
exceptions for things like awards nominees, festival screenings, or as part of a
Examples: We are What We Are, To Die like a Man, The Human Resources Manager, Trust
6.0 - 6.6 Average. Decent perhaps even entertaining films that are not complete wastes of time but have nothing special or memorable to offer either.
Examples: Chloe, Julia's Eyes, Submarine, The Wildest Dream
6.7 - 7.4
Good. Not quite great films. They might feature a couple strong
performances or have some unique artistic attributes, but are still flawed. These are usually enjoyable but failed to blow
Examples: Beginners, Cold Weather, Even the Rain, In a Better World
7.5 - 8.0 Very good. Films that I enjoyed immensely and would recommend to practically anyone.
Examples: The Way, Neds, Certified Copy, Tuesday After Christmas
8.1 - 8.4 Great. Highly recommended films that are impressive and have something original to say. New releases in this range and
above receive the Best New Film tag.
Examples: The Skin I Live In, Pina, Bullhead, Cold Fish
8.5 - 8.9
Excellent. Must see films, including important or influential classics, and instant favorites. Only a handful of films each year will get a score this high.
Examples: Senna, The Tree of Life, Incendies, The Portuguese Nun
9.0 - 9.9
The best of the best. Very few films will ever receive a score in
this range. This is the realm of Personal Favorites, groundbreaking achievements, and cinematic
Examples: Wings of Desire, Suspiria, Walkabout, The Double Life of Veronique