IMDb Ratings Breakdown

I don’t know if anybody besides me ever bothers to have a look at the ratings breakdowns on the IMDb. I love statistics, and these can often be surprising–or if not surprising, at least somehow insightful.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse rates a 6.7 average with females and only a 4.1 with males, but what was interesting to me is how consistent female ratings are across age groups. Females under 18 rate it a 7.0 on average, while females ages 45+ rate it a 6.8. You see a much greater dip with males, as the under 18 crowd is willing to give it 5.4, while the over 45 crowd really hates it, with a 3.9.

In other news, Inception tracks almost exactly equally with both males and females–it’s kind of uncanny. The only thing to note here is that the average rating peaks for 18-29 year-olds, then starts falling again, with a difference of about 1.3 stars between the 20-somethings and the 45+ crowd. The IMDb Top 1000 voters give it a 7.2, which is 2.1 stars off the average 9.3 for all users (they liked The Dark Knight better with an 8.0).

Salt is, apparently, scoring better with women than with men, though perhaps not too significantly. It’s most obvious in the under 18 crowd. Though it’s weird that 17 year old males wouldn’t rate this film highly just purely on Angelina Jolie’s beauty. Kids today. Feh! The IMDb Top 1000 don’t like this film at all. 5.7.

Predators. If you’re under 18, you love the hell out of this film. If you’re older, you’re not as enthralled. Interestingly, this film gets a 7.0 with the Top 1000. I’d love to know who these Top 1000 are. IMDb won’t tell you, I guess because they don’t want people competing to be one of them.

Star Trek. Females 18-29 actually liked it more than males in the same age group.

Iron Man 2. Women seem to actually like it a little better, but maybe that’s merely because the only women who actually went to see it were already predisposed to like it; 44,000+ guys rated the film, and only 5,500+ women rated it. That said, this isn’t terribly uncommon. Men either watch a hell of a lot more movies than women, or they simply care more about rating them. Even a film like Eclipse has more ratings by men than by women. It’s kind of weird, actually. Pick the girliest movie you can possibly imagine and check the breakdowns, and you’ll probably find that twice as many men have voted as women.


After a while, you begin to see trends emerging. For example, older users almost always like movies less than younger viewers–or at any rate, they’re more sparing with their 8-,9-, and 10-star ratings. Then there are things that are unpredictable, like how the IMDb Top 1000 voters are going to go.

Again, I might be the only person who’s interested in this.

8 Replies to “IMDb Ratings Breakdown”

  1. There are lots of bizzare yet interesting things happening on the imdb voting boards.

    I found that the harshest raters are women over 45. But what strikes me as uncanny is how few female users are on imdb; I haven’t really found a mainstream film with votes in the thousands that had more women voting on it than men. Even movies such as Sex and the City or the Twilight series have more guys voting on them. I guess this comes to show that women/girls are still not as tech friendly as guys, or that they are at least less involved in the cyber-world.

    Something else I find ridiculous is these top 1000 voters. You can check out any of the most voted films and you’ll see none of them have been seen by all 1000 top voters, which is impossible to fathom, if you consider these are the people who have voted for most films on the website. Shows just how random this top 1000 voters thing is.

  2. I’ve noticed, as well, how few women vote on any particular movie, relative to the men who vote. I can’t explain it either. I’ve been wondering if it’s merely because men are more inclined to think that their opinion matters. Or maybe men just simply watch more movies.

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