The Decent Films Guide rates films for moral and spiritual value on a scale from +4 (a feast for the spirit) to -4 (poison), with a baseline of zero (basically harmless). (Note: The
As with all the ratings, the moral-spiritual rating is an index of opinion, not a statement of fact or article of faith. Readers are encouraged to read the reviews critically and arrive at their own conclusions.
The Decent Films moral-spiritual rating may be unique among religiously-oriented film sites in considering both positive and negative moral-spiritual factors individually, rather than reducing every film to a single moral character. This system is meant to reflect the fact that many films are mixtures of both praiseworthy and problematic elements.
Although the +4/-4 scale is new, the system works the same way it did previously with the original scale of +2/-2 with half-points. There were several reasons for this revision. The main advantage is eliminating the half-points
At the same time, its important to note important differences between the moral-spiritual value rating and the star rating. A two-star film is only mediocre, and a zero-star film is terrible, But a +2 film has positive moral-spiritual content, and even a moral-spiritual rating of 0 (basically harmless) isnt a negative judgment.
Another way of putting it is that the baseline for the moral-spiritual value rating, the cutoff between films with positive and negative content, is zero. But the baseline for the star rating, the cutoff between films that are well made and those that arent, is three stars.
It sounds more complicated than it really is. In practice, the plus and minus signs (reinforced by blue and red color-coding) should make the positive or negative valuations pretty self-explanatory.
This film has a split rating of +3/-1. +3 is between feast for the spirit and positive; -1 is between basically harmless and problematic.
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