Re: How do you use your ratings?
This is how I generally think of things myself. There's a lot of review real-estate sitting in the 7-8.5 range. Also in no way is an overall score calculated by the parts.
10 - Excellent. I personally have no complaints, and would be hard pressed to come up with meaningful complaints others could have.
9 - Minor nitpicky complaints, or I could see meaningful complaints other have. Otherwise excellent.
8.5 - In terms of overall score, this is when you can get close to or into my top 50. Flaws are there and apparent, but are mostly outweighed by the good.
8 - Definite flaws exist and are noticeable and distracting, but does not mar the fact that there is a quality product.
7 - Average, which is not necessarily bad. But nothing to write home about. Overall not a bad choice if you've got nothing to watch.
6 - Mediocre. Forgettable. More a syndrome of lacking good than being bad. Would not recommend except in specific cases.
5 - Getting into bad territory. Would really require a stretch to recommend.
4 - Not lacking in good stuff, but filled with outright bad stuff.
3 - Not just bad, but proud of it and pushing it front and center.
2 - Outright offensive. Getting into master/slave hentai range, or Amazing Nurse Nanako.
1 - Getting into guro-esque fetish, blood-letting just to be the most gruesome, shows that aim for that and ONLY that and succeed.