Only Good Movies – Movie Critic

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm
By Shane Rivers

Shane Rivers

Welcome to Only Good Movies. My name is Shane Rivers, and you can think of me as your friendly neighborhood movie critic and movie reviewer.

It’s long been my opinion that reading a critic’s reviews for the first time is somewhat akin to visiting with a new doctor. While I can’t kill you through negligence, both relationships do require a certain level of trust in order to flourish.

To help foster that trust, I’ve decided to tell you a little about myself. When that’s done, I’ll also delve into some cinematic likes and dislikes, as well as discussing how I arrive at my movie ratings.

The idea is to let you know where I’m coming from, both as a person and a movie critic. If you like what you see, the hope is that you’ll keep coming around. Just remember: I do make house calls.


So what makes me qualified to be a movie critic? While the only major requirement for this profession is a love of cinema, I also have a degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of North Texas. This came after stints majoring in Art, Drama, Literature, and Education.

The love of movies is also there, and I’ve watched more films than I can even recall. When I was a child, I thrilled to monster and kung-fu movies on the local television station, and the first two films I saw when the family purchased a VCR were The Road Warrior, and Fort Apache, The Bronx.

I also abhor copycats, which means that my reviews will contain only original thoughts and not those cobbled together from the rest of the critical community. Too often, many critics seem to develop a herd mentality, routinely praising or damning the same movies; that’s something you won’t see at

Favorite and Not-so-favorite Films

Many readers also find it helpful to know a critic’s favorite and least favorite films, as this enables them to determine whether or not the reviewer likes the same kind of movies. While I do consider my cinematic tastes to be wide-ranging, the following lists should help you get a better understanding of my personal likes and dislikes.

Favorite Movies (Note: These are my personal favorites to watch. I’m by no means claiming that they are the best films ever made. Also keep in mind that I give equal consideration to every film when delivering a rating.)

Least Favorite Movies (Note: While I haven’t seen every movie ever made, these are films which I found to be particularly loathsome.)

Rating Movies

Let me start by saying that all movies I review are given an equal chance. I’m not going to start deducting stars simply because a film happens to fall within the horror or comedy genre.

On all my movie reviews, I use the five-star rating system. As you might have guessed, five stars is the best rating, while a single star is the worst. I prefer five stars to four, as I feel that it gives me a bit more flexibility when rating films.

I also try to consider other films within the genre when rating a specific movie. For example, Blade II will be compared to films such as Spider-Man or The Dark Knight to determine an appropriate rating; it will not be compared to films like Amadeus or Schindler’s List.

As for the stars, here’s a rough idea of what each rating means:

So there you have it: a little bit about what makes me tick, and my philosophy on reviewing films. If you like what you’ve read, I invite you to check for frequent movie reviews and information. Together, we can make this site grow into something truly special.