Here's a radical thought: you can not reduce the quality of a movie to a simple numeric score.
Everyone knows that intuitively. However, rating aggregators such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic have the power to preserve the "goodness" of a film because of the simplicity and power of consensus. Unfortunately, it is not difficult to find examples of the bad. One only has to remember how trolls on films such as Captain Marvel and Star Wars: The Last Jedi
try to fix a problem for a riotous review aggregator. Created by director Thomas Ikimi ( Legacy Nostradamus ) and actor Brandon Victor Dixon ( Hamilton The Color Purple ) Encourage cinemagoers and hobby movie critics to engage in a more meaningful Kind of consensus to participate. Instead of a public review available to all, Qurator wants to highlight reviews from people you can trust … and keep the trolls away.
How can you fight these parasitic, angry keyboard warriors, you ask? Testing You. Let the trolls prove that they actually saw the movie .
It's such a simple idea, I am amazed that it has never been done.
Sure, Rotten Tomatoes has recently doubled the number of authentic ratings by introducing a verified score to the audience. For this, amateur reviewers must prove that they have seen a movie by confirming their ticket purchase. However, Qurator goes a step further and allows your review to count for old titles. You'll also need to prove you've been attentive and use the test to highlight reviews of people who have seen the movie the most. It's also a lot of fun to use a gamified process for the quiz games.
Here's how it works: Find a movie you want to review and tap the Qurate button. A countdown will start after which you must try to answer questions about the movie correctly within 60 seconds. If you score over 50 percent, you can rate and rate the movie. You will receive a badge based on our score indicating how well you know the movie. You will also get more "prestige points" if you score higher and give written reviews that apply to your overall qualification ranking. Basically, & # 39; rise & # 39; On it by getting a higher score and testing more movies.
If you fail the test you will get another try, but this time 75 percent of the questions must be asked correctly (which is not so difficult as it sounds, as some of the questions from the previous session are repeated). If you fail twice, you must successfully rate 5 other movies before you can unlock the movie.
A troll may theoretically read the answers to the quiz questions, but this is a much stricter barrier to entry than any other aggregator I've seen. In any case, Qurator does not seem to be too worried. On the FAQ page:
The point is to make sure that people who rate and review, really know enough about the movie to justify that opinion. If someone has so much time and wants to learn for a film that he has not seen to rate him at 0 or 10, he deserves the right to troll in our view. We raise the bar for professional trollsters!
The other advantage of Qurator's system is that it's easy to follow ratings from people you trust. Ikimi likened it to an Instagram for movies; You can find others with similar tastes – or whose opinions you respect otherwise – and then follow them to get the latest reports. Upon registration, users are asked to select the three movies they would take on a deserted island. These are listed in your profile and provide an easy way to find people you agree with.
The nice thing about this system is that you can find other Qurators that check movies through a particular lens. For example, I'm obsessed with film music – the musical kind. I can often tell you more about the leitmotifs of a film than about the action minutiae, so I weigh the music more heavily in my reviews. Although the number of users is still low, I could theoretically follow other reviewers who are also interested in film music.
Alternatively, I could look for reviewers who offer a different perspective than my own, perhaps those who offer new cultural perspectives or relevance to film history. The point is, Qurator tries to make it easier to search for the reviews that interest you. The execution must be improved. Currently the app is still in work. I could not find some of the films I wanted to watch, and the user interface seems to belong at the beginning of the decade. There is currently no way to publish reviews on a desktop, which encourages people to leave numerical scores and short scores instead of a thorough analysis. In addition, for example, you can not currently assign a rating for a review and edit it later for longer consideration.
The tests themselves could be refined a bit. I sometimes had the feeling that the 60-second time limit and the specificity of the questions were unnecessarily restrictive. Do I really have to remember how many stripes this character had on his sleeve? Probably not.
However, I have almost always been able to pass tests on films I've seen and have failed the tests for films I did not see. That should be enough to deter the trolls. Although there are some issues to solve, Qurator has the potential to inspire more honest, differentiated and more personal film criticism. Film reviews would be better for it.
If you want to give it a try, you can now download Qurator from the App Store and Google Play, or watch the movie classifications on myqurator.com.