If you’re anything like us, you thought the “Stars rating” under Netflix movies and shows was simply an aggregate of all reviews.
While that’s true to some degree, there’s actually a lot more to that five-point-scale reports BGR.
“When you’re looking at movie’s splash page, for example, the corresponding rating you see isn’t a running average of how all Netflix users ranked the film.”
“Rather, the ranking represents what users who have similar entertainment tastes as you thought of the movie. As a result, it’s entirely possible for the same movie to display two different ratings for two different accounts.”
That means the star rating is actually more curated to you as a user rather than just an average score.
“So if you happen to be a viewer who has absolutely no interest in sports documentaries, you’re not going to be recommended a 30 for 30 episode even if it garners 5 star ratings across the board.”
“Similarly, if I see that shows like Prison Break and Breaking Bad have 5 stars, Netflix is basically saying that users with similar tastes to my own are really big fans of those two programs.”