I signed up for Criticker today, and immediately it made a good impression on me. But before I tell you about the good impression, let me tell you about Criticker. It is an online movie ranking and taste comparison service. Actually, it is much more. What Criticker does is that it allows you to find people who have a similar taste in movies as yours. This way, when you want to go for a new movie you can see if any of your ‘friends’ have seen it and what they think about it; or if you want to rent out a movie, you can check out one of your friends’ rated movies and chances are what they have highly rated is something that you will like as well.
So, how does it work? Criticker lets you rank movies on a scale of 0 to 100. The way it does it is that it presents a random selection of movies to you and if you have seen a movie, you give it a score between 0 and 100. The random nature of these selections ensures that you also get to rate movies that you would have hated.
The way they do this is by building a Taste Compatibility Index. This allows them to match people with each other. Of course, it gets more accurate as you rank more movies.
The other amazing feature which gets things bang on is the recommendations section. Based on your rankings, their system develops a list of random recommendations for you. Not only that, for each recommendation, it guesses what kind of score you would grant to this movie if you watched it.
Now the good and bad
The Usability is amazing. I had to stop myself from continuing to rank movies. I just went on and on and on. It takes about 5 seconds to rank one movie and within minutes I had ranked more than 50. The UI is very responsive.
It takes only 10 rankings to start getting some meaningful matches. This ensures that you don’t get bored and walk away before you get value out of your time spent.
The signup process is instant.
Overall, a very good experience.
The only bad is that the UI is a little crowded, it seems. A little to complex as there is too much information at any given time.
The only other bad is a funny signup process. It is the only signup process where I had to click on test after entering the password, but then again.
Overall, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.