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Testers needed for film reviews - come take a look and tell us your thoughts

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SandyMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 25-Nov-15 10:20:45

Hi everyone,

If you've popped into Mumsnet Films lately, you may have noticed our five star rating system appear on some threads. It's a new thing we're rolling out for Mumsnet Films and we wanted to ask what you think about it, how it functions and if it's useful for those cinema/duvet days when you have no idea what to watch.

You can now rate any of the movies in Mumsnet Films by following the link to join the discussion in any of the titles featured. Once you're on the thread a purple pop up inviting you to rate the film will arrive in the bottom left corner of your screen.

When you've selected the number of stars you'd like to award the film and clicked on the return key, your rating value will be added to the average already awarded to the film and displayed at the top of the thread just under the title.

It's early days and the whole thing is quite basic so you may spot a few tweaks here and there over the coming weeks.

Please go to Mumsnet Films , take a look and come back and post any thoughts you have below.

We'll then randomly select a post and one lucky winner will receive a goody bag of DVDs from MNHQ.
<dunks biscuit>

Thank you all and good luck.

VoyageOfDad Wed 25-Nov-15 13:29:33

Followed your link, clicked on 'Top Family Films' , selected one thinking there'd be a thread or review on it, and was just sent off to Amazon. In fact clicking on any title in that section sent me to Amazon... with no warning.

It was a commercial link masquerading as a thread.

I don't want to be sent to Amazon.

GingerIvy Wed 25-Nov-15 14:54:06

It's kind of clunky and roundabout, to be honest. I'd prefer to see a list of films, but I feel like I've just waded through about 10 pages in an attempt to find something. It could be more streamlined, which would be easier to navigate and use. C'mon! MN has always been very straight forward. This waffling about to find the right thing is annoying.

And no, I don't want a commercial link to Amazon either.

I feel like I've just rang a company that has the "press this for this" and "press that for that" kind of message and it took me a while to get to where I wanted, and I was rather aggravated by the time I got there.

Rather than taking us to a big splashy page with tons of adverts for Meerkats and such, wouldn't it be faster and easier to simply have threads of new films listed by MNHQ with the title and the little purple pop up attached to those threads?? confused I can guarantee I'm not going to try to navigate all those pics with my phone.

SandyMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 25-Nov-15 15:00:13

VoyageOfDad

Followed your link, clicked on 'Top Family Films' , selected one thinking there'd be a thread or review on it, and was just sent off to Amazon. In fact clicking on any title in that section sent me to Amazon... with no warning.

It was a commercial link masquerading as a thread.

I don't want to be sent to Amazon.

Hiya VoyageOfDad Thanks so much for pointing this out. We should have specified it's films featured as stand alone titles. So you can only review individual films on Talk threads. Our bad. You visited one of the three blocks at the bottom of the Mumsnet Film page where we mention collections of films. flowers

MrsToddsShortcut Wed 25-Nov-15 17:44:17

Hi MNHQ. I've just tried to post my first 'star' review, of the glorious Crimson Peak. Instead of selecting 5 stars, I only selected 2 before it set. I couldn't go back and amend (I understand why) but now it looks like it's a bit rubbish, whereas it's actually a gorgeous, scary and very moving gothic horror. Not only have I let myself down, but I've let Tom Hiddleston down! Please can you amend it to 5 stars? Pretty please?
grin

TrionicLettuce Wed 25-Nov-15 18:09:27

It really could do with a list of films rather than having to click through film after film waiting for something to come up in "You might also like" that I want to review. Unless I'm missing something and there's a simpler way of finding individual films?

ShatnersBassoon Wed 25-Nov-15 18:22:16

A list of film reviews (not links to Amazon), sorted by genre would be really helpful. Is there one that I can't find on my phone?

annandale Wed 25-Nov-15 19:20:40

I quite like that, it's a good idea. I like the fact that it's linked to the discussion, so that if for example there's a poster saying 'Terrifying Horror Film A, what a great five star film! Even gorier than 'Twisted Awful Horror Film B!' I know how to 'place' the review in my mind.

CormoranStrike Wed 25-Nov-15 22:16:00

I live the idea, but cannot find where to rate them; I watch lots of films, I would be an ace reviewer, too.

FadedRed Wed 25-Nov-15 22:29:38

Just tried this, but it seems a bit clunky.
Only managed to do one, Spectre, but it settled on a 3 when I thought I was touching 4 (small iPad screen).
Tried to review Mockingjay 2 but no 'stars' thingy appeared.
Love the idea of a film review 'thread' on MN, but not sure this is one I will return to.

SandyMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 26-Nov-15 14:14:15

Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for all your comments and suggestions. It's very early days on this, so our apologies if you find the system clunky or frustrating, we are planning to review and tweak over the coming weeks.

Because Talk Film threads are started about any film subject, not just one film, spotting threads where we can apply our rating system to is difficult. At the moment we've managed to earmark appropriate threads by having the rating system originate from the films featured in Mumsnet Films page <techie headspin>

TrionicLettuce We are looking at having the option to rate a film being flagged in some way in the thread title, so easily spotted amongst the list of threads in the Talk Film section.

MrsToddsShortcut We're so sorry that your star rating of Crimson Peak went wrong. Argh! We can't fix it flowers but we will be revising the rating mechanism to give Mumsnetters a chance to be sure of any rating before submitting a score.

Please keep coming back and telling us what you think, we'd really like to iron out all the glitches and very much appreciate your help in doing this.

<trots off to put the kettle on>

If I can work out how to do star ratings, I can give it 5 stars. I'd have given it more of a 2 myself, so it works out.
I didn't really enjoy the surprise twist towards the end. I loved the first hour or so.
But I am finding it hard to work out how to do the star ratings. I don't consider myself to struggle with computers, generally, but this is proving tricky.

Macaronipony Sun 29-Nov-15 11:03:16

Not sure this is the most effective way to find a film rating, as most threads are not about specific films. So in order to find a rating for a film you need to trawl through and find a thread (if there is one) on that film...a separate list of rated films (which could link to the thread I suppose) would be more effective.

SandyMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Jan-16 11:22:45

Hi everyone,

Many thanks for all your thoughts so far on the new film rating system, it's still a work in progress! We've just tweaked a few bits and bobs which we hope will be a positive addition, although we've already spotted a few snags so please do bear with us while we fix them.
We'd welcome your thoughts on how you see the system eventually working at it's best and appreciate any comments you may have. flowers

Davros Wed 20-Jan-16 17:31:13

I think there's a rating option on the Dad's Army thread but the film hadn't come out yet confused

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