I don't know how they rate their movies but they are usually giving stuff they show over-inflated ratings if you compare the same movies on the main rating/review sites. Far too many of the films nowadays are just over-hyped rubbish.
@Anonymous User @Anonymous User I'd guess they use the user rating rather than the critic rating (which personally I prefer but I guess it depends on your view of the reliability of film critics) - so for instance in the case of Justice League it has a user rating average of 3.9/5 currently. I don't think they update the ratings as they change tho, but could be wrong as I never pay much attention to them - if I like the look of a film I'll try it anyway.
I also tend to use my own judgement on how good or bad a film is.
I've chosen not to watch movies in the past purely on the rating it has been given. When I've been short of things to watch and have decided to go back over some of them I've found them to be quite good on viewing. Of course the opposite has happened often enough too where I've been looking forward to a highly rated movie only to turn it off half way through because I didn't enjoy it.
I've generally tended to get a feel for a movie or tv series from user reviews rather than the views of critics but then again everyones tastes are different.
@Anonymous User Yeah, I agree, I'm a big horror fan and NOW TV has plenty of low-budget offerings. Whilst most are pretty throwaway there's always a hidden gem or two amongst them that are fun to fish out. Personally I prefer IMDb to Rotten Tomatoes for digging out more info, but like you say at the end of the day we are all different!
At least with subscription services you're not spending money renting or buying individual films only to find they are a turkey when you sit down to watch them!
I tend to go by a minimum of 2 stars myself.
My childhood favourite Thumbelina (which is still one of my favourites to this day) on here was panned by critics at the time it was released, yet NOWTV has it at 4 stars.
So it just goes to show, not everyone goes by what the critics say. 🙂