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Indestructible Man (1956) B-
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All grades for reviews are unscientific, but measure with a graded letter my estimated worth of the film as far as its entertainment value plus its value as a critical work. It is an arbitrary grade to just give the reader an idea of what I thought of the film. As you might surmise sometimes the review itself would indicate the letter grade should have been higher or lower, as the review might fail to take into consideration my overall impression of the film--which I hope to capture in the grade. My C+ to F grades mean I cannot recommend the film, while my A+ to B- grades mean I recommend the film despite what I may have criticized it for. Sometimes grades unduly upset people, perhaps reminding them of their schooldays or giving one the belief the reviewer is so full of himself that he knows for certain what is good or bad. That is really not the case here, it is just an arbitrary value placed on the film from what I subjectively think. Many times I will see a film two or three times, and I will come away with different opinions of it from before. So I realize that these letters must be taken with a grain of caution, it is in the review itself that one can best determine if the film reviewed is one you might wish to see or if you have agreed with it after seeing the film.
I felt I had to explain this grading system, since most of the complaints I receive are due to readers taking me to task for the letter grade I put on a film. It is my hope that the letter grade is just used as a quick look at what I thought of the film and not to be held as an absolute.
avoid = D/F not passable= C/C- okay = C+ recommended= B/B-
highly recommended = B+/A- a don't miss film= A masterpiece= A+