Useless IMDB ratings
There was a time when the IMDB movie ratings were, well, maybe not reliable, but at least useful. You could glance quickly at the rating for a film and decide whether it was worth watching or not. Generally, my floor has been around 6.5. That might sound a bit low, but I watch a lot of movies and there are a few gems at around 6.5. Unrelated: I took a gamble the other day with The X Files: I Want to Believe, which was rated 6.3. Turns out it was more like a 5.0.
During the last few years, something has gone awfully wrong with the ratings. I don’t know if they have updated their algorithm or if IMDB is the victim of “rating spam” or whatever, but some of the ratings are completely off the wall. Just have a look at the IMDB Top 250.
The latest Batman movie is the third greatest movie ever? Give me a break. It was a good flick, but anything above 8.0 is ridiculous.
All three Lord of the Rings movies are in the top 30? Jesus Christ! I fell asleep in at least two of them.
Iron Man is rated 8.1?! More like 6.1.
What’s Sin City doing in the top 250?
And last but definitely not least, what the hell is Blade Runner doing at #103? It should be at least in the top 20. People actually think Braveheart is better than Blade Runner?