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Thu, Aug 4, 2016 7:50 PM


Ratings: Allow voting on different aspects of the title

Sometimes, when I watch a movie, there are parts that I like and other I don't, but when I rate the movie on IMDB, it has to be a one number only(1 to 10) for the whole movie, which is not consist and fair. If IMDB able to adjust its' rating system to rate seperately (ie. rating for music, actors(separately), CGI effects, story, director, etc) , it will make the rating system more fun for IMDB users. Also that rating system can be example for the Academy Awards!! Even, if not too assertive, designate the winners!!




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411.9K Points

4 years ago

Hi Hasan Can,

This is an idea that people periodically suggest. Unfortunately rating a film on its various aspects is not always as straightforward as it may seem. What you suggest is an application of Multi-Attribute Utility Theory (MAUT).

As an experiment, select at random ten films you have seen and have already rated on IMDb. Rate each of these films on a ten point scale based on:

  • Screenplay
  • Direction
  • Editing
  • Ensemble acting
  • Musical score
  • Sound
  • Sound editing
  • Set design
  • Costumes
  • Makeup and hair styling
  • Visual effects
  • Special effects

Determine a set of weights that will allow you to create a composite score based on the ratings of the above criteria.

Compute the composite score of the ten films you selected.

Compare your original ratings on IMDb against the composite score that you computed for those films.

I believe you will find that your original ratings and composite score do not match. In general, the weights of each of the criteria will probably be different depending upon the kind of film that you are rating.

Users can rate films on a 1 to 10 point scale with a moderate amount of consideration. Asking users to rate films on multiple criteria will likely produce a low response rate.

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90 Points

3 years ago

Agreed - I've always found the film ratings to be inaccurate for the very reason you state above

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272 Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Ratings: Allow voting on movie scores.

Transferred over from some question part of the board.I wouldn't like having 18 accounts on 18 different sites to keep track of every little thing. So I don't. But would it be a good idea, or suggestion, to maybe have the ability to vote on other things? Like movie scores? Some movies have scores that I'd love to rate on and compare. I would only vote on the scores that I like (whereas with movie voting, like most people, I vote whether I like the film or not). There're probably other things worth voting on that others can suggest. But movie scores are accessible outside of the film, which is why this would be beneficial to, for example. What's the Top 250 of movie scores, for example? Eh? Not a bad idea when money comes into play ;)

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112 Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Ratings: Add multiple factors.

I'm finally buckling down to making a movie watch/watched list.
There are a couple of features I kind of wish I had to play with. Daydreaming, is all. What do you think?

I keep running into this "The movie was a 7, but I hated it so I'll rate it a 5." Or "The movie was an 8, but I liked it so I'll rate it a 9" problem. Which is okay.
I just wonder if there's a way to rate its Quality separate from how much I liked it.
And I'd like to see stats on that kind of thing. How many people loved it vs liked it vs how good it actually was.
...not that I expect such a feature to actually be created.

I kind of envision something like a vertical mouse-over on the rating? With like 'thumbs up' or 'heart' symbols or whatnot?
                               ** Loved
                               * Liked
Stars: [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ]
                               x Disliked
                               xx Hated

Otherwise... I'd like to rate things by subject matter, or how well I thought they treated it.
For example, films centered around war or disabilities; I could say I love disabilities movies (like "I Am Sam" and "... and your name is Jonah") and I like war movies. I could also say I particularly loved how "Hacksaw Ridge" treated war as a subject. Or I could Put "Wolf of Wall Street" as a top-tier movie but say I hated its profanity content.
And the like.
And maybe then I could get some really relevant recommendations along the way.
Or, say, a parent could get up-front little tags on a movie's page to say "This movie has adult content you've listed as hated, so it might not be a movie for you." or "You'll really love this one based on its tags!"

Mainly so I don't list movies I hated on the same tier as movies I loved, that happen to end up with the same score.
But also because those kind of analytics would be cool to see. How many people like the treatise to civil rights this movie portrays? Etc.

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156 Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Ratings: A better rating system.

IMDb should consider updating their 10 star rating system. For the most part, it is quite accurate. However, I am surely not alone when I say the rating system is lacking the critical component to break down the votes into more specific categories. I suggest a two tiered Rating System whereby Users can have the choice to use the existing 'basic' 10 star rating system, or a new IMDb Advanced Rating System. The concept is not new, but is definitely overdue in its coming to fruition on IMDb. The second tier of the rating system would allow Users to refine their votes based on sub-categories that would inevitably be a calculated average equating to what we all know now as the 'basic' 10 star rating. Sub-categories should, at the very least, include the following 'advanced' sub-category 10 star ratings for Acting, Directing, SFX, Writing and Music. 

Ask yourself, how many times have you voted down a movie because most of the above categories were not deserving of more than a 5/10 star rating, with exception to the Acting, which was in your opinion, an 8/10 or even a 9/10? The 5/10 is likely an accurate average overall; however, there are those of us on the IMDb database that would like to give merit where merit is due, and in the case of this example, the Actors should receive their due credit for a performance that is deserving of far more than the overall movie rating of just 5/10.

This brings me back to the question I always have when I see a movie rating that is either too high or too low for my personal liking. By having an advanced rating system, I would likely have a better understanding why this movie was voted as such and an understanding of the type of Users that are voting on it. On occasion, I have enjoyed movies that had mediocre story lines and the acting was good, but not great. Although, the directing, SFX and music score was spectacular! On IMDb, the movie rating was low, which almost discouraged me from even giving the movie a chance. On the other hand, if there was an advanced rating system and I was able to discern between the high number of down votes for Acting and Story Writing, and other sub-categories that were more relevant to me I might have been swayed to watch the movie and thoroughly enjoy it, forgiving the over emphasis other Users put towards the movie because they felt Acting and Story Writing was more important than Directing, SFX and Music.

In summary, the IMDb 'basic' Rating System has been accurate for me, at least most of the time. Although, an Advanced Rating System would allow discerning IMDb Users the opportunity to watch movies they would otherwise avoid due to low 'basic' Ratings, or inversely, avoid movies that have had high ratings in sub-categories that are not relevant to their movie enjoyment experience.

NOTE: I hope the above suggestion makes sense... lol... I wrote this before my morning coffee and with one eye open, so to speak ;-)

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112 Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Ratings: Allow votes on different aspects of the title.

It would be nice to not only be able to give a movie an overall rating but to be able to give it ratings for many aspects of the movie. Some examples could be:
- Writing
- Acting
- Visual Effects
- Cinematography
This way people who want to know more about the movie could easily see the different pros and cons.

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8.9K Points

2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Ratings: Add further rating aspects.

First of all, I'd like to say that I'm quite happy with the rating system already in place. Even though some people vote too high or too low for a lot of movies, I believe it helps to show the average of love/hate towards a movie.

That being said, I've been thinking about that if we could also rate movies by categories would help tremendously the common user/viewer.

For example, sometimes I'm trying to search for a good comedy to watch and just relax, but 90%(?) of comedies are rated low, between 4 and 6, making it really hard to decide what would be worth a watch or not.

My idea is to keep the current rating system that's in place, and to add a new rating, a category rating. This could be tricky, since movies are usually classified for more than one category. Either the admins, or the users, could select the main category for every movie, or we could be able to vote for each category of every movie.

Since the ratings are optional, I don't believe it would "damage" our experience as users of the website, but I believe that most of us that vote for movies also do it to help the people to know what is good and what is bad out there.

What do you think about this?

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2.5K Points

2 years ago

I agree with this idea, as long as, there is a separate option to vote overall for the whole movie, because of the way sometimes synergy(or the opposite of it) works. 

So, there should be sub-categories, which can be voted on. But it should not be an 'all' or 'nothing' voting system ie persons should be allowed to vote on whatever 'sub-categories' they want to vote on. 

BUT...the aggregate/overall voting of the movie should only be calculated through two ways:-
  • One, is to calculate it directly and simply, through the vote given for the whole movie.
  • Second, is to calculate when vote is not given for the whole movie AND vote is given for ALL of the sub-categories.