Bugg Rating System

As is the case with many websites, I have my own rating system here at the LBL where movies get rated on a scale of 1/2 to 5 Buggs (With a single exception for a 0 rating.) When rating a movie, I don’t compare it to other films as much as how much I enjoyed it and what it had going for it. That means that a mainstream classic film like Vertigo can get a 5 Rating as well as a film like Thriller: A Cruel Picture. Below you can find a brief explanation and a link to each of the rating grades. Again be warned that much of my rating has to do with how much I like the film. Use them as a guide, but don’t assume you will feel the same about them as I do.



A five is a classic to me. These films are few and far between, but I would watch them over and over and over and over and….You get the point.


The more common 4.5 is a movie that comes within spitting distance of being a classic, but it just leaves something to be desired.


Well above average, but lacking a certain spark.


Above average, but a little more. Like it got a B, but also answered an extra credit question as well.


The most common rating of them all. Why? Because I try to watch things that will be pretty good. Threes are just that. They get above the tipping point of average and make for a fine watch.


Your average everyday film. It’s not going to change your life, but it won’t make you want to punch your loved ones in the face.


This is a movie that isn’t bad, but it just lacks…well, it lacks quite a bit. You may still want to check it out, but I want to make good and sure you were warned.


Time is precious. Obviously not mine because I sat though a film rated 1.5, but yours is. Any lower in the ratings and there’s no redeeming value, but there’s some reason it got the extra .5 and it might be worth finding out why.


These are fairly rare because I have to get through the whole film to be able to rate it. Watching one of these will make you envy Ray Charles for more than his piano playing skills.


By the time it gets down to this point, then the “movie” in question barely functions as a film at all. Watch these at your own risk, and don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

Only one film has ever received a grade of zero. Thankfully it’s one one I watched myself!
So there you have it. If you have any questions or don’t like a rating, leave a comment and we’ll talk about it.