How We Create the Critic Score Magic

A peek behind the curtain

Creating our Critic Score is a complicated process. We carefully curate a large group of the world’s most respected critics, assign scores to their reviews, and apply a weighted average to summarize the range of their opinions. The result is a single number that captures the essence of critical opinion in one Critic Score. Each movie on TamilIMDB gets a Critic Score when we've collected at least four critic's reviews.

Why the term “weighted average” matters

Critic Score is a weighted average in that we assign more importance, or weight, to some critics and publications than others, based on their quality and overall stature. In addition, we also normalize the resulting scores (akin to "grading on a curve" in college), which prevents scores from clumping together.

How to interpret a Critic Score

Critic Score range from 0-100, with higher scores indicating better overall reviews. We highlight Critic Score in three colors so that you can instantly compare: green scores for favorable reviews, yellow scores for mixed reviews, and red scores for unfavorable reviews. Read on for answers to specific scoring questions.


How We Calculate Our Scores: The FAQ

Q: Are user votes included in the Critic Score calculations?

A: No. While we solicit votes from our site visitors on movies, we do not include those votes in the Critic Score. The Critic Score is a weighted average of the published critic reviews contained in the chart on that page, and thus does not include any votes or comments from our users. However, you may, of course, see the average user vote by glancing at the User Score to the right of the Critic Score on every summary page.

Q: What's with these green, yellow, and red colors?

A: Assuming you are looking at our website and not at your Christmas tree, it's fairly simple: "good" Critic Score are coded in green; "average" Critic Score are yellow, and "bad" Critic Score are red. (This same color coding is also used for the individual critic and user grades.) If the numbers are too complicated to read, you can simply look at the pretty colors to tell what the reviews said.
Here's how the scores break down:

General Meaning of Score Movies Other than Movies
Universal Acclaim 81 - 100 90 - 100
Generally Favorable Reviews 61 - 80 75 - 89
Mixed or Average Reviews 40 - 60 50 - 74
Generally Unfavorable Reviews 20 - 39 20 - 49
Overwhelming Dislike 0 - 19 0 - 19

Q: Well then, can I see all of your grade conversion scales?

A: Absolutely! Some of the conversions are obvious (for example, if a critic uses a 0-10 scale, his/her grade is simply multiplied by ten). Some of the less obvious conversions are displayed below:

5-Star Scale
Their Grade Converts to
5
100
4.5
90
4
80
3.5
70
3
60
2.5
50
2
40
1.5
30
1
20
0.5
10
0
0
Letter Grades
Their Grade Converts to
A or A+
100
A-
91
B+
83
B
75
B-
67
C+
58
C
50
C-
42
D+
33
D
25
D-
16
F+
8
F or F-
0


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