- you're female,
- you're over 25,
- you've gone through menopause,
- you read classic novels,
- you sympathize with victims of AIDS
- you saw (or will see) the movie with your girlfriend(s)
- you've enjoyed watching Oprah
- your Home Team's SuperBowl playoffs don't/didn't interest you
Give yourself an additional 5 points if:
- beyond merely liking her, you are a Meryl Streep fan,
- you enjoy period-piece films,
- you saw and liked "Far From Heaven",
- you liked how Nicole Kidman showed her acting chops in "Eyes Wide Shut",
- you care which movies get Oscar nominations,
- you have a liberal streak.
Give yourself an additional 9 points if:
- you cry at sad movies,
- someone close to you (nuclear family member/lover) has/had a mental disorder,
- you're on (or host) a nationally broadcast show in which (among other things) you interview artists.
For each of the following SUBTRACT 4 points:
- you don't (didn't) know Virginia Woolf was a real person,
- you watch lots of old foreign films,
- you've read the book,
- melodramatic musical scores annoy you,
- you pay attention to camera work
- the above national show you're on is a public radio show.
Multiply your score by 3, add 36, and you'll have an estimated letter grade (using a 10 point scale) for the film. Note that if you had all the additions and none of the subtractions, you may be prone to give the film more credit than it deserves.
Okay, maybe the above isn't as accurate at predicting a grade as it is in describing the audience when I saw the film (the show host was for NPR, but I expect she'd be more cautious in praising the film than someone on, say, "Entertainment Tonight" -- which is why the distinctions are split).