Let me first start by saying that five stars is not enough to accurately rate how you feel about a movie. I’d be more down with a ten star rating. Netflix offers its definition of its star rating when you hover over the icons: hated it, didn’t like it, liked it, really liked it, and loved it. I’ve broadened my own definitions of the ratings below. Mostly I use the rating system to keep a running count of all the movies I’ve seen in my entire life (as of 4/24/2014 I am at 1367). My default rating is usually a three.
★ “Hated it”
= Loathed it to the point of getting angry when I think about its existence.
★★ “Didn’t like it”
= Disinterested and possibly offended.
★★★ “Liked it”
= Enjoyed myself but wasn’t amazed. Might watch it again, might not.
★★★★ “Really liked it”
= Liked it and will probably watch again or recommend to someone.
★★★★★ “Loved it”
= On a level with Star Wars and I should probably buy it.