Main Rating System

The McConaughey salute:

The McConaughey salute is the highest rating a film/TV show/concert/album/restaurant/vacation spot can get, but is only included in video reviews. To obtain this greatness the reviewed must receive a 5 out of 5 from all the video review participants. On the rare occasion when the Salute is given in a written review that means the film/TV show/concert/album/restaurant/vacation spot being reviewed is beyond compare and you should start investing in items to sell on eBay at a later date. Yeah, it’s about as EPIC as seeing Mathew McConaughey rocking out.

5 out of 5


A 5 out of 5 is given to a film/TV show/concert/album/restaurant/vacation spot that succeeds on every level.

4 out of 5


A 4 out of 5 is given to a film/TV show/concert/album/restaurant/vacation that is good but it’s just missing that special thing that makes it great.

3 out of 5


A 3 out of 5 is given to a film/TV show/concert/album/restaurant/vacation that is just average you can leave it or take it. Something that might be worth checking out but there is just no rush to do so.

2 out of 5


A 2 out of 5 is given to a film/TV show/concert/album/restaurant/vacation spot that has some redeeming factors but is just not worth any effort to seek out. The problems it has may not be enough for an epic fail, but it’s still bad enough to walk to the other side of the street if you ever saw it coming.

1 out of 5


A 1 out of 5 is given to a film/TV show/concert/album/restaurant/vacation spot that is so bad that no one should have to bear it. It’s so bad that if you have seen it all you were left with is nightmares, but in some strange way it succeeds at what it has set out to do.

The EPIC FAIL:

This high regard is given to a film/TV show/concert/album/restaurant/vacation spot that just makes you want to end it all. The reviews that received this honor have a special place in hell where they go to live amongst friends. Even the thought of these things makes you cringe in fear of anger. These things fail on every level of their existence. The kind of stuff that makes Hitler proud.

About the Author

Ryan is the Founder of Lost in Reviews, a member of The Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, and a key component in the movement to digitally restore the 1986 classic film The Gate. Ryan is also the co-host of Blu Monday a DVD and Blu Ray review show which Lost in Reviews co-founder Angela Davis also appears. While he may be a film and music snob, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. Well it could if you don't like the same bands or films he does, overall it might be best to avoid the subject all together.

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