TQR Movie Ratings Explained

You know sometimes when you think a movie is really pants but the cinematography was great? Or perhaps you thought the actors’ performances were brilliant but the film itself was dire? (Think Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady… Yes, that is all shade on my behalf).

That’s where TQR’s rating indicator comes in.

Each of the reviews here will come with it’s own Q (Quayside) rating indicator as follows:

How good were the overall performances in front of the camera in this movie? As is each category, performance is rated out of 5. Think of our little Qs (which stands for Quayside, of course), as stars. Except stars are overdone and boring, so Qs it is!

How impressive was the cinematography in this movie? Are things framed well? Are both the landscapes and indoor scenes impressively well shot? How well is colour saturation used to affect the quality and atmosphere of the movie?

Pretty self explanatory here. Did the original score stick with you? If popular music was used, how well placed was it?

Costume & Set Design:
Is there anything particularly amazing about the costume and set design? Are the costumes properly appropriate for the movie? How inventive and beautiful is the set design?

How well devised and structured was the plot line? Was the story original? How creative was the storytelling? Was there a clear effort to storyboard effectively?

Overall Enjoyability Rating:
This category is reserved for the overall rating (a personal deduction by myself) of the entire movie. For example, a movie might receive 1 Q for cinematography but 5 Qs for everything else, and therefore I might give it an overall enjoyability rating of 3 or 4 Qs.

If you have any suggestions on how my Q Rating Indicator could improve, then keep it to your damn self. (I’m kidding. All suggestions are welcome).

*”Plot” was added to the TQR Category Ratings from Movie #30 2020 (John Wick Chapter 2) onward, hence why you won’t see this category in earlier entries.