So I watched District 9 on cable the other night. I personally liked the movie but never heard anything positive about the film... The reason I bring this up is because of something strange I notice.
Now with my cable provider, when I pull up the guide toolbar, and highlight a movie, there is usually a "star rating" next to the movie. I find they commonly go with the general populations opinion (i.e. Million Dollar Baby would have a 4 star where as Shaun of the Dead would at best get a 2, even if I loved the film personally...) I usually don't take these into consideration since I base my own thoughts on a movie by watching it myself, but District 9 caught me off guard with a 4 star rating. I am not sure if anyone has seen the film or not, but this is a similar rating I would have given the film based simply off the lack of expectation I had for the film the first time I watched it; not after watching it numerous time to nitpick the flaws.
I just wanted to ask how everyone rates their own films (for me it's by entertainment, the ability to get me to invest in characters, the ability to suspend or blend reality and fantasy, etc...) I would also like to know if anyone has found any websites that, more times than not, would rate films similar to how you rate them personally. I guess it's more a curiosity of mine since Netflix and many other services have a "tendency" feature that will recommend films based off of someone else’s review, thoughts, and "if you like this movie, then try..." surveys.