My rule of thumbs for movie ratings:
Ignore the (5 star) Netflix ratings, and go by the (10 star) IMDB ratings, because you get a bit more diverse (and international) group doing the ratings.
Anything with a rating over 8 is suspect. It is probably either one of the following (there are exceptions):
- Something with A Good Message but no story and no interesting characters (these always seem to find their audience, to the delight of lazy directors).
- Or, an old movie that people have irrational nostalgic feelings for, not because the movie was great, but because of where they were in life at the time.
- Or, a 20 year old movie that was 5 years ahead of its time. Exactly.
Anything with a rating 5 of less has universal negative appeal, I haven't had much luck finding "undiscovered gems" in that category.
So an IMDB rating of 6 to 8 seems is where I check for movies that might
be worth watching, if they have 100 votes or more.