First we had the IMDb ditched its comments section, which was a genuine gauging meter to discern whether or not a movie was shitty or good.
Now it looks like Netflix is doing away with its five star system, something that has always been pretty useful to me. And some sites like MovieWeb are insinuating that Amy Schumer’s recent abysmal ratings may have influenced this decision. The reaction to her ‘The Leather Special’, some say, was a triggering point; ‘it was instantaneously met with negative reviews. Some claim that Schumer’s biggest critics got on Netflix and purposely drove down the rating of the special, some without even watching it.’
At any rate, here is Netflix’s official reasoning;
“Five stars feels very yesterday now. We’re spending many billions of dollars on the titles we’re producing and licensing, and with these big catalogs, that just adds a challenge. Bubbling up the stuff people actually want to watch is super important.”