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Monday, September 15, 2008

gold starsWe Are All Made of Stars -- I used to give out a grade with each of my reviews, based on a five-point system. Some critics do it, some don't. I used to, and I don't anymore, feeling that most works worth talking about are probably more complex than a five-point system and deserve to be discussed as such, not boiled down to such simplistic terms. Not to mention that a five-point system that allows for fractions (2.5 out of five, for example) is really a ten point system, which is more points than anyone should need to describe whether a work is worth experiencing or not.

The always-brilliant Roger Ebert shares his thoughts on ratings systems in criticism, and I guarantee you that if you're at all interested in criticism as criticism, you will find vast acres of food for thought in this piece.

I give it a well-deserved thumbs up.



Blogger Roger Owen Green said...

I give the Ebert piece five stars.

15 September, 2008 04:03  

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