->''“I am required to award stars to movies I review. This time, [[NoJustNoReaction I refuse to do it]]. [[InsultToRocks The star rating system is unsuited to this film.]] Is the movie good? Is it bad? Does it matter? It is what it is and occupies a world [[StealthPun where the stars don’t shine]].”''
-->--'''Creator/RogerEbert''', about ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'', demonstrating this trope’s LogicalExtreme.

OnAScaleFromOneToTen, [[SubvertedTrope this is the subversion]].

Basically, OffTheScale applied to reviews: the movie/video game/whatever has made such an impact on the reviewer that he or she is willing to break the usual rules of classification of his/her medium to rate it. The reviewer may consider the work a DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck, SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome, or even [[FlatWhat Headscratching Moment of “Huh?”]].

There are six categories:

* '''Still Within Bounds (but pushing it):''' This is {{discussed|Trope}}—which is to say, the reviewer openly admits to being tempted to go outside the established bounds of the rating system, but [[AvertedTrope ultimately s/he adheres to the rating scale]];
* '''Out of Bounds:''' The score is simply outside the established bounds of the reviewer’s usual ratings scale (compare RankInflation and FMinusMinus; note that this may even cause the rating scale to be expanded);
* '''Meaningless Comparison:''' The score is paired with [[TwentyPercentMoreAwesome a nonsensical]] or [[AbstractScale unusual unit of measure]], though often it’s thematically relevant to whatever they’re reviewing (note that a rater can use an idiosyncratic unit of measure but not qualify for this category if they make clear the scale they're using);
* '''Meaningless Value:''' The score is ''itself'' a nonsensical value (and quite often a TakeThat);
* '''Impossible to Rate:''' The reviewer admits to having no idea what score to give it ([[ShrugOfGod this is essentially a shrug]]);
* '''Refusal to Rate:''' And the LogicalExtreme, the reviewer simply—and usually explicitly—''refuses to assign a rating at all''. This can be because the reviewer found the work downright repulsive, decided that rating it would be unfair, or decided that a rating was otherwise inapplicable. Sometimes overlaps with DancingBear, when the refusal isn't because the work is so bad, but because rating its quality would be beside the point.

Compare ReadingsAreOffTheScale, for when this is done with things other than reviews. Some forms of rating-breaking can involve GradeSystemSnark.
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!Examples:

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!!Still Within Bounds (‘I'd give it a zero, but I can't.’)

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* WebVideo/JesuOtaku usually gives out unusual review scores (see below), but when reviewing ''Anime/MasterOfMartialHearts'', she only gave it “one greasy burger out of four” “because frankly, I don’t have a lower score.”
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Present in snakesonasora’s famous sporking of the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' badfic [[http://snakesonasora.livejournal.com/2619.html#cutid1 “Naga Eyes”]]. The rating scale (sometimes more a warning scale) is typically 1 to 5 Shadows. For particularly terrible fics, there exists a rare rating of Ansem, which includes everything from 5 Shadows plus extra-high doses of WTF-ery. “Naga Eyes” earned an Ansem, but with this addition attached:
-->'''snakesonasora:''' THE ANSEM IS ONLY A FORMALITY. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH SHADOWS, BEHEMOTHS, ANSEMS, OR XEMNASES TO PROPERLY ILLUSTRATE THE LEVEL OF HORROR PRESENT IN THIS FIC.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Film critic Leonard Maltin claimed the movie ''Tarzan: The Ape Man'' starring Bo Derek was so bad it nearly convinced him to create a rating in his book lower than BOMB. He ended up simply pronouncing it a mere BOMB.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* “I might have to modify our grading schedule and give it a Z except that [[InsultToRocks the poor letter Z did nothing to deserve]] being permanently stuck on a Cassie Edwards novel.” —[[SmartBitchesTrashyBooks SB Sarah]], reviewing ''Savage Moon'', which got an ‘F’.
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[[folder:Other]]
* An old joke has a college student asking his professor why he received an F on an exam, as he thinks he didn't deserve one. The professor replies, "I don't think you did either, but it is the lowest grade I am allowed to give."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* “This game officially received the lowest score in the history of GameSpot: a 1.0. And by lowest, I mean it can’t go any lower. We don’t hand out zeroes, but maybe we should have for ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing''.” —AlexNavarro, ''Frightfully Bad Games''. The video review instead showed him Refusing to Review (unless headdesking counts, in which case his review [[CaptainObvious was not a positive one]]).
* When rating ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', the official PS2 magazine (Greek edition) commented that they would give it an 11/10, but weren’t allowed to, so instead they settled on a 10/10
* [=GameCentral=]’s 0/10 [[http://www.metro.co.uk/tech/games/886778-postal-iii-review-boll-movement review]] of ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} III'' begins with the reviewer wondering whether the game’s self-awareness should push it up to 1/10, or if the fact that the developers clearly knew they were releasing a terrible game should push it into the negatives.
* ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' editor Chris Slate responded to one reader that he had been tempted to award some games a 10.5 out of 10, but won’t because that will mess up the scale by making 10.5 the new standard. (At the time, only ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil 4'', ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'' had received a 10.)
* The now-defunct ''[[http://thegia.psy-q.ch/sites/www.thegia.com/ Gaming Intelligence Agency]]'' gave ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' a 1 out of 5, and a relentlessly negative review that found basically no redeeming value in it. At one point, the AltText on the score graphic said that they would’ve given it a zero if their rating scale allowed it. The mirror of their site at the time of its closing no longer reflects this.
* On Website/SomethingAwful, the review giving ''Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu'' the lowest possible rating (–50) ended by saying “I hate that I can’t give this game the score it deserves because the SA rating system won’t let me use scientific notation.” It’s not the only time reviewers have expressed a wish to go below –50, with various degrees of seriousness. The absolute worst thing ever reviewed there did get a “minus infinity”, but it’s better [[BrainBleach not to]] [[SchmuckBait speak of that]].
* Throughout LetsPlay/RoahmMythril’s ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' Perfect Run videos, he strictly adheres to a scale of 1–10 for difficulty rankings, though there are some Robot Masters that test the limits. For example, he says that giving [[VideoGame/MegaMan3 Top Man]] a score of 1 is being generous, because he wants to be fair by not going any lower. Conversely, [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 Quick Man]] gets a 10, after which Roahm jokes “Can I give you more?” and temporarily fills the rest of the screen with rating icons and the text [[MemeticMutation “OVER 9000!!”]]
** His [[VideoGame/MegaManX X series]] successor, Kevvl14, thought that giving Blaze Heatnix from X6 a perfect 10 would almost be an insult to his time. He compromises by giving Heatnix the [[VisualPun biggest ten he’s ever given]].
* The 1996 PC fighting game ''Catfight'', often counted today as one of the worst games ever made, got a lot of lowest-rating-we’ve-ever-given reviews. The wittiest came from ''Next Generation'' magazine: “Our scoring system won’t let us give zeroes, so Atlantean owes us one star.”
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WebVideo/FriendlyNeighborhoodLibrarian operates on a one- to five-star scale, and says that she doesn’t officially give out 0 stars on the show, but for ''WesternAnimation/{{Wayside}}'', she wishes she could. Instead, she ended up giving it one star. She also gave Dario Argento’s ''Phantom of the Opera'' movie “one star, barely.”
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!!Out of Bounds (‘OnAScaleFromOneToTen, [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap this one goes]] UpToEleven.’)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Spiderfan.org, which rates ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comic books on a scale of 1 to 5 webs, gave 1998’s ''The Final Chapter'' no webs, citing Aunt May’s being brought BackFromTheDead with [[VoodooShark a truly absurd explanation]], and general bad writing. The review concluded by saying the story was a waste of precious paper.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/{{Cupcakes}}'': Popular fanblog Blog/EquestriaDaily gave this [[{{Gorn}} super-gory]] DarkFic a “[[PrecisionFStrike GRIMDARK AS FUCK]]” tag, as opposed to usual [[DarkFic dark fics]] which usually only get a ‘Dark’ or a ‘Grimdark’ tag. Similary, the [[{{Doorstopper}} epic-length]] ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' got the tag '''''[[SoCoolItsAwesome Legendary]]'''''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* When ''SFX'' magazine did their ratings from A to D-minus, rather than a star system, there was one object (a plastic, life-sized grey embryo in a jar) which they decided was worthy of an E.
** The film ''Film/{{Species}} II'' got an F on the same scale.
** At the other end, when the star system came about, they gave ''Series/{{Chuck}} Versus The Ring'' eleven stars out of five.
* The Dread Central review of ''The 13th Alley'': [[http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews/13th-alley-the-2008 One BILLION knives out of 5]] (the review thought it was a SoBadItsGood masterpiece). Note: ‘Knives’ ''are'' a standard unit for this site, which is why this doesn’t fit a Meaningless Comparison.
* The book and film reviews in the Czech sci-fi/fantasy magazine ''Ikarie'' normally go from one to five stars, with zero stars reserved for “So Bad It’s Horrible” ones. (And yes, half out of five was occasionally used as well.) There was one movie for which the reviewer didn’t feel zero was enough, so it got a 00.
* [=IGN’s=] [[http://dvd.ign.com/articles/037/037306p1.html DVD review]] of ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' received [[UpToEleven 11/10]] instead of a real score.
* [[http://www.1000misspenthours.com 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting]] gives stars. It also gives ''negative'' stars to SoBadItsGood movies. Zero stars are reserved for films that fail even that test.
* ''Film/FreddyGotFingered'' received minus 1 star from the ''UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} Star''. No other movie has been rated so lowly.
* Creator/RogerEbert chose to remove the film ''Shoah'' from his list of candidates for the top ten films of 1985 (in its place appeared ''Literature/TheColorPurple''). He felt it deserved higher accolades.
** On the other hand, Ebert occasionally gave zero-star ratings. These differed from his occasional ‘no-star’ ratings in that to earn zero stars, a movie had to offend his moral sensibilities in some way. This is why ''Film/TheHumanCentipede II'' got zero stars (as opposed to the first movie, which got no rating) and why the original version of ''Film/DeathRace'' got zero stars vs. the remake’s half star even though Ebert had admitted that he considered the former more competently made.
* Donald Clarke of ''The Ticket'' awarded six stars (out of five) to Michael Haneke’s ''The White Ribbon 3D'', an English-language remake of the director’s own ''Film/TheWhiteRibbon''. This was a joke: no such movie exists and the review was published on April Fool’s Day.
* ''The UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} Globe'' gave ''Film/TheHumanCentipede II'' no stars out of five. As did ''[[BritishNewspapers The Daily Mail]]''. And, as noted above, Roger Ebert.
* ''Video Hound Golden Movie Retriever'' will normally give movies a score of one to four bones. For some films that are either [[SoBadItsGood hilariously bad]] or horrendously bad, they will offer a rating of ''Woof!''
* Similarly, Leonard Maltin will give films that don’t rate a star and a half a BOMB rating.
* Only one movie, ''Daltry Calhoun'', has ever received a [[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2005/09/22/daltry-calhoun-2 zero]] from IGN (see below for the third and first things the site considered as “utterly lifeless and dull” as this one).
* The ''New York Daily News'' frequently gives zero stars to movies they absolutely hated (such as ''Film/{{Battleship}}'').
* WebAnimation/{{Spill}}.com used to have "some ol' bullshit" as its lowest rating. The films of Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg motivated them to add an even lower "Fuck you" as its new lowest.
* Website/IMDb’s user rating for ''This is Spinal Tap'' is [[UpToEleven out of 11]].
* Lou Lumenick, the movie critic for the ''New York Post'', gave the sketch comedy film ''Film/{{Movie 43}}'' [[http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/movie_is_aggressively_unfunny_GrC6L1aNDk6tj55TmFN1wO negative four stars]], calling it “the worst movie I’ve ever seen”. ''Ouch.''
* [[http://drsalt.deviantart.com/art/Opinionated-Vampire-41856875 Dr. Salt]], complaining that ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' received an inexplicable four stars in a television magazine, wrote that in his book it would get zero stars ("and that's only assuming I can't give negative stars"), with every other movie given one extra star just to make ''From Dusk Till Dawn'' seem worse.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/MaximumRide has a house that rates "on a scale from 1 to 10--an easy 15".
* Website/ImpishIdea writers Fair & Finn ended their [[http://impishidea.com/spork/nibly-the-bear-visits-the-people-town-chapter-6-finale spork]] of ''NiblyTheBearVisitsThePeopleTown'' asking the commenters what rating they would give the book (presumably out of 10). The two responses were both in this category: Swenson gave a rating of -85, whereas Brendan Rizzo went even further, with a rating of negative infinity. Then, crossing over with Refusal to Rate, he said that he couldn't give it a rating at all because it does not qualify as a story, and compared it to ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Website/SFDebris gave the notorious ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode “Threshold” 0 on a one-to-ten scale, with an added message “[[ShoutOut May God have]] [[Film/BillyMadison mercy on your soul]]”. This opened the floodgates, as it were, and he’s since handed out another for ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]''’s “A Night in Sickbay”. A few horrible episodes only missed this mark because another is worse, and he tries to preserve the Zero for the absolute worst episodes of each series (“Threshold” for Voyager, “Profit and Lace” for ''[=DS9=]'', and “Code of Honor” for ''TNG''.)
** A score of 0 is given to the one episode of a series that brings shame to the entire Star Trek franchise by association.
** “My Way or JANEWAY”—Chuck measures how his own parody of [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Janeway]] would handle each scene, then sees how ''VOY''’s Janeway measures up. He gives up halfway through, after the real Captain’s actions are more extreme than her parody’s.
** For his non-''Franchise/StarTrek'' reviews, Chuck does not use a numerical scale, but rather "Must See", "Strongly Recommended", "Recommended", "Watchable" and "Skip". ''Series/DoctorWho'''s "The Twin Dilemma" was rated simply "The Worst".
* Keith D.A. Candido gave the fifth-season finale of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', “Archangel,” a 0 out of a 1–10 scale, citing the episode’s introduction of an ancient Zoroastrian demon into the ''Highlander'' universe, Richie’s [[DroppedABridgeOnHim death scene]] happening as a result of him being handed the IdiotBall, and a whole bunch of story elements that just don’t make sense.
* The Zettai ni Oishii segments of ''GakiNoTsukaiYaArahende'', which feature the cast’s attempts at making a specified dish [[CordonBleughChef with unusual ingredients]], already has built-in negative values on its ratings scale of –2 to 10. Positive scores are represented by stars, negative scores by skull marks. But on at least one occasion, a dish has been awful enough to get ''two full skeletons''.
* IGN gave its third zero in the site’s history [[http://tv.ign.com/articles/121/1214220p1.html to the pilot of]] ''Series/WorkIt'', which [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible was unwatchably terrible]].
* In-universe example in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', for the price of a wedding dress. The scale given is [[UndisclosedFunds “never” to “never ever”]]. The rating is “never ever ever ever ever times infinity”.
* For a while, back in the Creator/DavidTennant run, the ''Series/DoctorWho'' website contained episode reviews from a family who gave them a "fear factor" from 1 (mildly scary) to 5 (extremely scary), shown by the children of the family holding up scorecards. For both [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E8TheImpossiblePlanet "The Impossible Planet"]], the children apparently made or found scorecards with sixes on them. On the website the overall scores for these episodes are listed as 5.5 ("Off the Scale") and 6 ("Beyond Fear") respectively.
* The show ''Series/MythBusters'', since the second season, has a rating scale of sorts for the myths it tests: "Confirmed" (for a myth which fits the criteria within the original parameters), "Plausible" (for a myth which does not fit the original criteria but has been shown to be possible in realistic circumstances), or "Busted" (for a myth which is not possible anywhere near the original criteria, even if the concept behind it is sound). Quite a few myths have a Meaningless Comparison deviation, such as "Plausible, but ludicrous".
** The myth of being killed by a falling bullet from a gun fired straight up was rated "all of the above", that is, Busted, Plausible, ''and'' Confirmed. This was because they determined that firing a bullet perfectly vertically would make it tumble as it fell back down, and not gain enough velocity to be lethal (Busted); but if the gun is aimed just a few degrees from vertical, the bullet won’t tumble and could kill someone when it lands (Plausible), and a doctor showed them X-ray slides of people who were actually killed in this way (Confirmed).
* ''Musings of an X-Phile'' is a retro review page devoted to analysing ''Series/TheXFiles''. Salome’s aim is to analyse all the episodes and both the movies. (And hopefully all three of them, or more).[[note]]As of November 2012, the last review written is “Rush” from season 7 posted on February 28, 2012.[[/note]] The episodes get grades like at school, and only the very best episodes have merited A-plus. ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'' review has two parts: one based on the storytelling and the plot, while the other is based on Mulder and Scully’s relationship. The latter got A-plus-plus-plus.
* TheOnion AV Club's reviews of ''{{Hostages}}'' mainly dealt out Ds and Fs, but episode eleven was so horrendous that [[http://www.avclub.com/review/off-the-record-106117 the rating scale looped itself]] and Sonia Soraiya gave it an "A".
* In-universe in the [[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppet Show]] - Waldorf and Statler love Diana Ross so much that they freely deal negative ratings on an (implicite) 0-10 rating scale to the other acts.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Creator/MarkPrindle gave Music/{{Madonna}}’s ''[[http://markprindle.com/madonnaa.htm#american American Life]]'' a zero out of ten. While he’s known for often being a CausticCritic, this was the first (and still only) album to get a zero, and to ‘commemorate’ this he used a new graphic rather than representing the score with those tiny records as usual.
* Thrash metal band Flotsam And Jetsam’s debut album ''Doomsday for the Deceiver'' [[http://www.allmetallica.com/info/interviews/kerrang86.php got 6 Ks out of a possible 5]] from Kerrang! magazine. Kind of a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for a relatively obscure band, considering no other album in the magazine’s history has ever received the honour.
* The late, great British radio DJ John Peel ranked new songs on his programme on a 5-star system. When he first played “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones—a song which would become his favourite song of all time (lyrics from the song are even ''on his tombstone'')—not only did he play it twice in a row, but he gave it a score of 28 out of 5 Stars.
* When Music/GogolBordello played Roskilde Festival in 2006, one reviewer gave them 7 out of 6 stars, declaring that he’d draw the last star himself.
* WebVideo/TheRapCritic gave No Love by Music/{{Eminem}} (featuring Lil Wayne) six stars out of five, possibly as much from shock that Eminem was on form after several years of mediocrity and Lil Wayne showed his poetic chops in the same song as much as anything. He has since given a few songs 6 out of 5 when they surpass the potential he thinks they had or otherwise "break the barometer"--among other things, he gave The Marshal Mathers LP 2, as a whole, 5.5 stars.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Website/WrestleCrap’s description of the Black Scorpion’s final appearance, where he landed in a spaceship, says, “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the ultimate in stupidity, this rates 178.”
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A wiki editor gave [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Pun-Pun_%283.5e_Optimized_Character_Build%29 Pun-Pun]] (a TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons character build that turns a level 5 kobold into a living god) an [[MinMaxing optimization]] rating of [[OverNineThousand 9001]] out of 5.
* [=SandTrap=], a reviewer of the early days of Pojo's TabletopGame/YuGiOh Card of the Day, had a habit of doing this quite often, at one point complaining about the fact that the site disapproved of his giving bad cards ludicrously negative ratings, when all cards are supposed to be rated from 1 to 5. A notable example is in his review of [[http://www.pojo.com/yu-gi-oh/COTD/2003/May2003/22.shtml Bite Shoes]], a card which he gave a rating of -75 out of 5 and said that he would give anyone using a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown [[DisproportionateRetribution until they died]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Apparently, NetJak rewrote its code so that it could give ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'' a ''zero''.
* For a fictional example, there’s [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2005/5/13/ this]] ''WebComic/PennyArcade'' strip. After enough bribes have been heaped up, ''VideoGame/DonkeyKonga 2'' winds up with an 11 out of 5 at Gamespy … (see [[ExecutiveMeddling/{{Other}} this page]] for more info)
* ''Series/XPlay'' awarded that [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames infamous]] ''[[VideoGame/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]]'' [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames game]] a ‘Zero’ out of five, measured on a scale that bottoms out at 1.
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' got at least one [[UpToEleven 11/10]] review.
** Also, ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' on the Italian Official Nintendo Magazine. As the magazine had always been known for being far too generous regarding scores to Nintendo games, readers’ backlash raged. Two years later, they gave [[EvenBetterSequel its even better]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 sequel]] a [[EightPointEight 10 out of 10]].
* Polish magazine ''CD-Action'' gave ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost'' a ''negative'' score for plagiarism alone.
** Earlier subverted by the same magazine with their review of ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater 3''. While they gave that game a 10/10, one of the only two cons they’ve listed in a summary is “[[LampshadeHanging It nearly escaped our rating scale!]]”
* When the original ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' was released in 1990, it broke several scales in the positive direction. ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'', for example, rated it as six out of five stars.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' was awarded an 11/10 by ''Maximum PC'' magazine. At the end of a rare-for-that-publication exclusive 5-page spread. If this took place in a gaming magazine, it would indicate an incredible amount of marketing control over the content of the magazine; as it is, with ''Maximum PC'' being a hardware-centric publication that happens to review games on occasion, and the long spreads devoted to a single game being a rarity rather than the norm, it just stands out as extreme fanboyism.
* ''Computer Gaming World'', which normally bottomed out at 1 star, had an ‘unholy trinity’ of games that received zero: ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'', ''Mistmare'', and ''VideoGame/DungeonLords''.
* Averted by EGM—at the beginning and end of the column’s lifespan, “Creator/{{Seanbaby}}’s Rest of the Crap” was for games that would warrant zeroes and negative scores on the normal rating scale used by the other reviewers. Pretty much the only reason he was doing this was for the humor value, since, as the very premise states, even the best of the games he reviewed were all the worst in {{shovelware}}.
** Also played straight: ''The Guy Game, Mortal Kombat Advance'' and ''Ping Pals'' all received 0.0s from one of the 3 reviewers (with Ping Pals getting two zeroes).
* Hex and Bajo (of ''Series/GoodGame'') gave ''SugarWiki/RobotUnicornAttack'' an utterly “ridonkulous” score of [[http://www.abc.net.au/tv/goodgame/stories/s2907940.htm 8971]] rubber chickens (a standard unit on the show) out of 20.
* Swedish gaming magazine Super PLAY gave ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' [[UpToEleven 11/10]]. There were likely a few reasons for this, one being that ‘this one goes to eleven’ just fits the nature of the game, the other one being that it was the last issue of the magazine and they broke quite a few rules in it.
* IGN sometimes gives out a score of less than 1 out of 10, but only ever gave a zero once for a video game, for ''[[http://ign64.ign.com/articles/152/152309p1.html Olympic Hockey Nagano ’98]]'' (the first thing they ever gave that score), because it was ''[[SerialNumbersFiledOff exactly the same game]]'' as ''Wayne Gretzky Hockey ’98'' with a PaletteSwap.
* An in-game example of a similar system, but not used for ratings: In ''VideoGame/NetHack'', wands and other magical items that have magical charges normally have some whole number of charges, between zero and a positive whole number, inclusive. If they run out by being used down to zero, they can (usually) be recharged. If you zap a wand of cancellation (whose spell is meant to erase magical effects) at them, their number of charges is set to –1: They can’t be recharged at all, even if you have scrolls of charging.
* TOM from Creator/{{Toonami}} gave ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' a 100/10 (while the expansion ''Dawnguard'' only got an 8/10).
* The [[http://www.reptonresourcepage.co.uk/ Repton Resource Page]] rates the difficulty of individual ''{{Repton}} 3'' levels on a 0–10 scale. Levels in the {{Expansion Pack}}s exceeded a ‘10’ rating so often that the scale was changed to “more skulls = harder” without any specific maximum. So far, the highest rating given is 16.
* Yahoo Games gave ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' a 6 out of 5.
* [[SomecallmeJohnny Johnny VS The World]] gave ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}'' a –64/10.
* ''Magazine/PCPowerPlay'', which has a ten-point scale, gave ''The War Z'' a rating of 0/10.
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' does not give numerical scores at all, but the original ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' still effectively broke the ‘scale’. Yahtzee, who [[AccentuateTheNegative usually portrays games as horribly flawed and unplayable]] regardless of whether he likes them or not, said nothing negative about ''Portal'' and summarized his opinion as “… absolutely sublime from start to finish, and I will [[EyeScream jam forks in my eyes]] if I ever use those words to describe anything else ever again.”
* ''Magazine/GamePlayersMagazine'' gave ''Cosmic Race'' a 0% (the only game to ever have this ‘honor’) and even named the rating after the game; the next range up (1–9%) is “Shoot me” just to let the reader know how bad they felt the game was.
* ''Magazine/GameProMagazine'', in the January 1997 issue, gave ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden URA'' for the SegaSaturn a 0.5 fun factor. Up until that point, the lowest score a game could get in ANY category (Graphics, Sound, Control, Fun Factor) was a 1.0. This (along with a rather negative fan reaction to the reviewer faces they were using at this time) was probably what prompted Gamepro to change their reviewing faces in the next issue.
* ''Computer + Video Games'' reviewer Tim Metcalfe, who viewed bullfighting as SickAndWrong, gave ''Ole, Toro'' a 0 (out of 10) in all categories but value, which was "less than 0."
* In-game example: the "Turn it up to 11" achievement in ''VideoGame/GameDevTycoon'' requires that a reviewer give a score of 11/10 in one of your games.
* ''Amiga Concept'', a French {{Amiga}} magazine, gave a -31% score to the PortingDisaster of ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}''.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'' uses video-game-styled profile pictures on the cast page that list the characters’ stats. Several of them break the rating scale (notably, Cucumber’s dad has a Jerkass rating that goes right off the side of the page).
** The BigBad breaks the rating scale on [[UpToEleven every possible stat]]!
* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', GenreSavvy Raibert subverts this. When asked if something is a ten on a "[[OnAScaleFromOneToTen How bad is it?]]" scale, he says 8.5 — nothing is a ten, because things can always get worse.
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[[folder:Web Videos]]
* When rating the use of English in a music video the WebVideo/EatYourKimchi scale is 1–5 with 5 the highest rating. Simon gave rapper G. Dragon a 37 out of 5 for the English in ''Get Your Crayon''.
* In ''WebVideo/DemoReel'', Jimmy Boyd's movie [[Film/JingleAllTheWay Jingle Sells]] received 0.2 stars on Website/IMDb. The lowest rating a movie can receive is one.
* On Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, WebVideo/TheRapCritic rated Music/LupeFiasco's song "Bitch Bad" a 6 out of 5, and then explains: "Yeah, I can go over the limits of my own rating system--if I can have a zero, I can have a six!" (This actually wasn't the first song he had given a rating of 6.)
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Creator/{{Seanbaby}} gave the ''[[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Challenge of the Super Friends]]'' version of Comicbook/TheRiddler a –1. He gave ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} a 1. He did explain the logic behind it: Riddler is as useless as an ordinary human being would be against the Superfriends, and then makes it ''worse'' by giving away the Legion of Doom’s plans in his puzzles. He’s actually a 2 for the heroes’ side subtracted from his basic 1, making The Riddler, “as useless as an ordinary human being”, a better hero than Aquaman.
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[[folder:Other]]
* At the [[OlympicGames 1976 Summer Olympics]] in UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci obtained a perfect score of 10. While this had ''technically'' been possible the whole time, it was deemed impossible to do, so scoreboards could only reach up to 9.99. Her score was displayed as an abysmal ''1.00''. Whoops. And then, just for good measure, she proceeded to do it ''six more times''. She left the entire gymnastics world gaping in awe as she turned the sport upside down and inside out, and then shook it just to see what came out. It’s ''still'' reeling from the aftershocks.
* In the aftermath of the 2009 Australian bushfires, authorities introduced a new fire danger category above ‘Extreme’, named ‘Catastrophic—Code Red’.
* In physics, the Mohs scale of hardness is defined as capping out at 10 with diamond, which was at the time the hardest substance known to man. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aggregated_diamond_nanorod Aggregated diamond nanorod]], or ‘hyperdiamond’, is much harder than diamond and thus goes off the top of the scale.
* Oil prices at Canadian gas stations used to be advertised with large placards that only go up to 99.9 cents/litre. When gas prices finally went through the dollar/litre ceiling in 2009, there was a lot of bitter joking on the streets of Toronto over the ‘suddenly cheap gas’ as gas stations were forced to display the new prices as 4.7 for 104.7 cents/litre.
* Hurricane Sandy was renamed ‘Superstorm’ Sandy by many commentators as it wasn’t ''technically'' a hurricane by the time it landed, but the size of the storm and destruction it caused was well beyond that of a ‘mere’ tropical storm.
* In the United States, the USDA [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beef#USDA_beef_grades rates meat quality from Canner to Prime]] on grades 1–5. The Japanese-made Kobe Beef had a reputation for being un-rateable due to being too good.
* The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rates the safety of cars on a scale of 1–5 stars. The Tesla Motors Model S electric car [[http://jalopnik.com/the-tesla-model-s-is-the-safest-car-ever-produced-1171606291 got a score of 5.4 stars]]. (Apparently, not having an engine up front gives the Model S a large crumple zone.)
* [[http://www.jewornotjew.com Jewornotjew.com]] rates how Jewish people are on a scale of 0–15 based on desire, behaviour, and how proud they would be to have them as Jews. AdolfHitler, naturally, got a –1 on the last one. Queen Elizabeth II got a total score of 4.5.
* The January 1985 issue of Britain's ''Car'' magazine had a comparison test of four "poverty" cars: the Citroen 2CV, the Lada Riva, the Reliant Rialto, and the Skoda Estelle. For the occasion, they made up a rating system called the "Cavalier Rating", where a car got 10 points in a category if it was as good as a [[SoOkayItsAverage Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6 GL]] and no points if it was as bad as a [[TheAllegedCar Fiat 126]]. The three-wheeled Rialto was given a "handling/stability" rating of -5.
** The Rialto also had the only "10" rating in the test, for "fuel efficiency". However, one wonders how meaningful that is, since a [[FridgeLogic Fiat 126 is likely to have better fuel efficiency than a Vauxhall Cavalier]].
* The US Armed Forces' service-independent aptitude test, the ASVAB, can work like this. Someone who scores well on, for example, the Air Force's score breakdown will completely annihilate the Army's breakdown.
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!!Meaningless Comparison (‘Final Score: 7 [[MindScrew Bananas]].’)

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network awarded ''Manga/SilverSpoon'' with “3 moos out of five” and ''Anime/{{Free}}'' with “4-pack, halfway to a 6, gotta do more crunches this summer”.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Dread Central review of ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'': [[http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews/birdemic-shock-and-terror-2010 5 out of 5 Exploding Eagles]] (same as the ''The 13th Alley'' review).
* In film critic Leonard Maltin’s movie guide, he gives the movie ''Film/TheNakedGun 33⅓'' a rating of 2⅓ stars, the only time he has given anything a score not in an increment divisible by one-half (or BOMB). In his review of ''Film/TheNakedGun 2½'', he gives it 2½ stars and parenthetically explains, “What else?”
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''’s Weekend Update recurring character [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Live_characters_appearing_on_Weekend_Update#Aunt_Linda Aunt Linda]] (played by Kristen Wiig) gives such ratings as “seven ‘Ghaaas?’ and one-and-a-half ‘Yougottabe Frigginkiddingme!’” (Note that those were both for one work.)
* Lampshaded near the end of season 3 of the American version of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'': Pam is keeping track of the points that Michael gives various competitors in the office games, but Michael keeps changing the method in which he rates them (i.e., a gold star to the winner of event 1, 10 points for event 2, a checkmark in event 3, etc.). The end result is that Pam can’t convert the scores over between events and has no idea who’s actually winning.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', Dave Lister frequently talks about writing Michelin Guides or similar about various settings, resulting in ''Legion'' getting a psycho rating of “four and a half chainsaws, maybe five”. Rimmer suggests that the G-Tower from The Tank in series 8 probably gets “the full five slop-out buckets” in the guide to Penal Hell-Holes.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* Music critic Anthony Fantano (theneedledrop) gave Music/TheLonelyIsland’s ''Turtleneck and Chain'' 5 dicks out of 10.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* When pro wrestling reviewer Creator/ScottKeith has to review a particularly horrendous match, and the 5-star to negative 5-star system fails to express how disgusted he is with the product, he breaks out the ‘Hot Poker up the Ass’ rating system. The general idea behind is that he takes one person (usually the main guy responsible for the horrible show, such as Wrestling/VinceRusso) and rates each segment by the number of hot pokers that person deserves to have shoved up their ass for subjecting viewers to it. Wrestling/KevinNash and WCW announcer Tony Schiavone have been victims of this as well.
** Another example he used once was the '''[[FunWithAcronyms S]]'''[[FunWithAcronyms hane]] '''[[FunWithAcronyms M]]'''[[FunWithAcronyms cMahon]] '''[[FunWithAcronyms U]]'''[[FunWithAcronyms nconditional]] '''[[FunWithAcronyms R]]'''[[FunWithAcronyms e]]'''[[FunWithAcronyms F]]'''[[FunWithAcronyms und]], supposedly based on an incident in which a friend of his was sitting behind Shane at a show and got paid actual cash money to quit complaining about the show. Basically, how bad each match was would be measured by the approximate refund amount to justify not complaining about it.
* Bryan Alvarez described the Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldOrder}}Wo Souled Out Pay-Per-View from 1997 as “twenty asses.”
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Series/XPlay'' regularly gives its review scores nonsensical values, usually related to the game being reviewed, somehow.
* ''[[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/08/31 Penny Arcade]]'' has a comic where Gabe and Tycho briefly review ''[[VideoGame/MaddenNFL Madden 13]]'', ending with a game review score of 9x and 3/(two footballs).
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''Inverted'' by WebVideo/JesuOtaku. She normally scores things with some sort of strange unit out of 4 (e.g. ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' got “three [[PullingThemselvesTogether and a half]] [[{{Fingore}} de-fingerings]]” and ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' got “four characters who [[ScrewDestiny just won’t do what they’re told]]”), but ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' was so depressing she couldn’t bring herself to make fun of it and just used stars.
* LetsPlay/ProtonJon: when he gives ratings to the romhacks he plays, he will usually let out a few of these, such as:
** ''Mario’s Wacky World''—4 “Captain Falcons driving Sonic like he was an ''VideoGame/FZero'' car” out of 5. ''[--“Yes!” “Yes!” “Yes!” “Yes!”--]''
** ''Super Metroid Omega Boss Battles''—4 [[VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe Henshin-A-Go-Go Babies]] out of 5.
* In one of the ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' shorts on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', one girl’s attempt at diving [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext into the mouth of a live lion]] is rated at “3 noses?”
* WebVideo/JonTron’s “Game Reviews???” frequently employs this; he has awarded ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' “Six golden bananas plus out of Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto”.
* Internet movie reviewer Jeremy Jahns normally rates movies with a descriptive statement, ranging from “Awesometacular!” (the best) and “It’s good time, [[INeedAFreakingDrink no alcohol required]]” (third best) to “Dogshit!” (the worst). He gave ''Film/TheSmurfs2'' “Smurfshit!”
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Video]]
* When ''WebVideo/BroTeamPill'' reviews a game, its rating ''always'' nonsensical. ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R. 2]]'' got a "I would rate this game". ''Garshasp'' got a "Cool out of yes". ''Videogame/BattleField3'''s review concluded with him reviewing the review video, claiming it's better than his FEAR review.
[[/folder]]

!!Meaningless Value (‘[[PrecisionFStrike Up Yours]] out of 10.’)

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Zac Bertschy from ''Anime News Network'' is infamous for these during the annual season previews, especially harem comedies and ecchi shows. He gave the first episode of ''Anime/QueensBlade'' an animated GIF of a smiley face shooting itself in the head out of 5. ''[[BrotherSisterIncest Kiss X Sis]]'' got a Picard facepalm instead of a rating. ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' got a rating of “quiet I am trying to nap here”, a preview that cut off into ZZZZZZZZ halfway through, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTI7cmwwuC0 a video of a cute kitten]] as a better alternative for something to watch. Also provides an example of an Out of Bounds rating: Zac sarcastically gave ''Anime/SengokuCollection'' a 10 out of 5.
* Hope Chapman aka WebVideo/JesuOtaku gave ''Manga/OniichanNoKotoNankaZenzenSukiJaNaiNDakaraNe'' a “GTFO” rating in ANN season previews. The second season of ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' was given a shrug. ''{{Anime/Hamatora}}'' received an "oh my god I don't care" out of 5.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* CHUD.com’s infamous “Fuck You Out of 10” review of the ''Film/{{Halloween 2007}}'' remake.
* Dread Central reviewer Scott Foy’s now trademark “FUCK THIS MOVIE” rating. Foy doesn’t use profanity often, so when one of his reviews contains the phrase (and now rating) “Fuck this movie” it means that the film in question is ''really'' bad.
* [[WebAnimation/{{Spill}} Spill.com]] (an online movie review site) gives a rating of “Fuck You” for movies they absolutely hated. They’ve got “Full Price!!”, “Matinee!”, “Rental”, and “Some Bullshit!” as the other ratings instead of a numbered scale, but “Fuck you” is not in their regular rating scale. However, sometimes they find so bad and offensive that they can’t even give it “Some old bullshit”, instead resorting to this. Often accompanied with a picture of Korey flipping the bird.
** ''Film/DisasterMovie'' was the first movie they reviewed to earn this dubious honor.
** ''Film/VampiresSuck'' in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX_o4d6tdtM this review]]. Spill's video reviews are usually 4–5 minutes long and have the profanity spoken by the reviewers censored. The review is only ''44 seconds long'', consisting only of a clip from the film, which then cuts to a disgusted Korey staring blankly at the camera for several seconds before issuing his “Fuck You” rating, which this time goes ''uncensored''.
* [[http://www.mutantreviewers.com/rfireflies.html Sue]] at ''Mutant Reviewers from Hell'' gave ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' a rating of “'''GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!'''”
* WebVideo/{{Phelous}}, a reviewer of bad horror movies from Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, described ''Film/ASerbianFilm'' as the worst thing he’s ever watched. And he’s watched movies like ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' and ''Five Across the Eyes''.
** Notable is the fact that he usually watches a movie for a review twice (once just to watch it, and again to take notes) and he was so disgusted with it he refused to watch it again after the first viewing.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Victoria Jackson’s tenure on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in the late 1980s shaded into this trope. Her rating scale was “4: Pretty good. 3: Best movie ever. 2: Worst movie ever. 1: Pretty good.”
* Creator/ConanOBrien does this on occasion with his ''Clueless Gamer'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwJnk6QRZ8Q reviews]]. He usually starts by noting that he’s the worst possible person to review games as the last game he was good at was ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'', and then ends with a completely nonsensical rating—and rating scale.
-->'''Conan:''' Out of an 88—an 88 being pretty good, a 110 being excellent, a 150 being awful, and a 3 being … not bad—I’d give this … a 26 C.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* {{Pitchfork}} gave Jet’s ''Shine On'' the rating “[[http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/9464-shine-on/ video of a chimp drinking its own piss]]”. (After a site redesign, a 0.0 score is displayed; the video is posted where the review would be.)
** Their rating of Music/{{Radiohead}}’s ''In Rainbows'' seemed like this: instead of a score, there was an input box for users to submit scores (a reference to the band’s ‘pay what you feel like’ distribution method for this album). However, upon entering a score, the editor’s score (9.3 out of 10) became visible. However, after a site redesign, only the reviewer’s score remains.
** They gave ''Do You Like Rock Music?'', the second album by English rockers British Sea Power, the rating of Music/{{U2}}.
* Cokemachineglow’s alleged review of Music/{{Starflyer 59}}’s ''Dial M'' (which began with the reviewer admitting that they could not objectively review the album, and immediately derailed into a rage-filled rant against ChristianRock) gave the album a score of “†%”.
* ''Terrorizer'' magazine gave Music/SunnO’s album ''Monoliths and Dimensions'' the rating O))). They actually intended this as a compliment, however, awarding it a glowing review.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sure, the rating scale of ''Website/ScrewAttack’s VGR'' show is pretty idiosyncratic in itself (“Buy It”, “Rent It” and “F It”), but they still do occasionally play with the scale for certain games. For example, ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' was given a “rent it, just never return it” in protest of Creator/{{Activision}}’s infamous price hike they demanded for that game.
* During his stint at ''Electronic Gaming Monthly'' reviewing horrible games, Creator/{{Seanbaby}} once gave a ''Trolls'' game a score of “a picture of a Troll riding a Hotdog.”
* Highly divisive {{Sh|ootEmUp}}mup SpaceGiraffe received what Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} describes as an “unusual” rating of “Holy crap this is awesome hell yes/10” from a review on AngryGamer.
* ''WebVideo/JonTron’s'' “[[StylisticSuck Game Reviews?]]” hand out scores that do not make sense at all, such as an A out of 5 for ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and 6 Golden Bananas+ out of Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto for ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/DMJared DMJared’s]] “Pro Reviews” have been known to contain this. He has given such ratings as “a kitten goblin out of 10” for ''Pocky & Rocky'', and “a training wheel out of 10” for ''Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest''.
* A variant in ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} The Grimoire of Marisa]]'', wherein Marisa rates and offers her opinions on some of the many spellcards in the series. Marisa’s rating scale itself is fairly normal, giving the spellcard a certain number of stars based on her perceived difficulty of [[PowerCopying “Referencing”]] the spell. However, she sometimes breaks the “difficulty level” boundary and rates some by “Show-Off Level,” “Temperature,” “Believability,” “Volume,” and “Whimsicalness.”
* ''Top Ten FTW'''s Top 10 Most Difficult Games introduced a Frustration Index Meter that gave mostly nonsensical scores like [[RefugeInVulgarity "Balls deep in that ass"]] and "Double Obama Teriyaki"
* TOM from Toonami liked ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' that he reviewed it before finishing it, and noted he doesn't want it to end. So he gave it a score of "ARRRRRRRR!"
* Paul Tassi of Forbes expressed a mixture of horror and addition when reviewing ''VideoGame/FlappyBird'', questioning how a game so inherently pointless and low quality could become a major phenomenon. In light of its inexplicable fame and appeal, he rated it "Cthulhu/10".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* “Horribifuckus”, courtesy of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.
** He also declared ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' ([[BerserkButton/WebOriginal “A BAT-CREDIT CARD????!!!!!”]]) to be “Supercrapafuckerifficexpialibullshit.” [[Film/MaryPoppins In song]].
** [[http://blip.tv/nostalgiacritic/the-worst-movies-nostalgia-critic-s-reviewed-6391323 Out-of-character]], Creator/DougWalker said that “despise” is too little to describe his feelings for ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'', and that the word for his hatred “probably doesn’t even exist”.
* Creator/StuartAshen’s guest Jon Blyth said “If you want me to give it a score, then I give ''Renegade III'' this noise: AAAAAWWWWRRRROOOO”.
* ''VideoGame/{{Furcadia}}'' has a seasonal contest for minigames (called Dreams), and one well-known creator—known as Graphite—experienced a variation of this (as his creations were contest entries, there were no ratings beyond First Place, Second Place, Third Place, etc.).\\
Graphite was sure his creation [=ColdFusion=] would win because his creation was so innovative and different—it was essentially a game of Atomica built on the Furcadia platform, and thus [[InterfaceScrew didn't resemble Furcadia at all]].\\
[[AssumedWin Unfortunately, this meant the judges had no idea how to rank it, and so placed it in a category all its own.]] To quote Graphite, [[http://www.bottledindigo.com/furcadia/contests.php#coldfusion “This dream was in fact so innovative that the judges decided to create a special category for my dream alone in which I ended up getting first place, last place, and every place in-between.”]]\\
The judges did agree that the dream was SoCoolItsAwesome, gave it a glowing review, and awarded Graphite handsomely for essentially taking [=DragonSpeak=] and Patching and creating something that didn’t resemble Furcadia at all in either appearance or gameplay. To quote from Felorin’s (one of Furcadias Moderators), “This dream is going to receive a special Puzzling, Mind-boggling, Patching and [=DragonSpeak=] Mastering Trickster award of Triwings for Life and a dozen Purple Roses. (Whew that’s a mouthful!)”\\
Sadly, every update made to Furcadia since then [[GameBreaker makes the dream less and less compatible]].
* In Website/SomethingAwful's ROM Pit, games are normally rated from zero to negative fifty. The game ''Werewolf: The Last Warrior'', however, was simply rated “[[AtomicFBomb FUCK]] '''[[AtomicFBomb MEeeeeeee]]'''”.
* Kimi Sparkle (a parody of MLPAnalysis videos, from one of the creators of ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'') normally rates episodes on a scale of one to five stars. When reviewing "Castle Mane-ia", she hates it so much that she wants to give it zero stars, but she can't because that would just be an empty screen. So she awards it ''one rock'' instead.
[[/folder]]

!!Impossible to Rate (‘[[FlatWhat What.]]’)

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network gave the first episode of ''Upotte!!'' a rating of “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT”.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Paul O’Brien of ''The X-Axis'' picked up ''Comicbook/QuantumAndWoody'' #32, on the assumption that a relaunch of a title, which had as its gimmick that stuff had happened in all the unpublished issues since the cancellation, would be a great out-of-context jumping-on point. He was wrong, and rated it [[http://www.esoterica.demon.co.uk/reviews/190999.html#quantum n/a]], on the basis that he simply couldn’t judge what someone who knew what the hell was going on might get out of it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MythBusters'' (see above) once had a myth fail to yield useful results—the Supersize JATO Rocket Car, because the rocket car blew up before it could launch off the ramp. Adam decided to call this myth “Appropriately Supersized”.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* Mixed with Meaningless Comparison in Jon Savage’s review of Nurse With Wound’s 1979 LP ''Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella'' for ''Sounds'' magazine, in which he gave the album “????? out of five” instead of the usual five stars (he couldn’t decide whether it was ‘pure genius’ or ‘sheer nonsense’).
* Similarly, Pitchfork’s [[http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/6383-relaxation-of-the-asshole/ review]] of Robert Pollard’s ''Relaxation of the Asshole'' gave it both a 0.0 ''and'' a 10.0 (the current version of the site just displays the 0.0 though).
* [[http://www.countryuniverse.net/2009/07/10/toby-keith-american-ride/ This]] review of Music/TobyKeith's "American Ride", in which he is so baffled by the song (he can't seem to pinpoint whether it's an IndecisiveParody, SoBadItsGood, or a MindScrew), ending his review in "I'm afraid the 'Ride' has just left me stranded too deeply in WTF-limbo to render a verdict." He eschews the site's A-to-F rating scale to give the song a rating of "AMERICA!… I mean, N/A."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Magazine/{{NGamer}}'' gave ??% to ''Bakushow'' (aka ''LOL''), on the grounds that its score depends ''entirely'' on what the player makes of it.
** ''VideoGame/WarioWare: DIY'' got 100%, as the game itself is one ''of making games''. The thinking was that [=NGamer=] made all the games, and [=NGamer=] is infallible. Therefore, [=NGamer=]’s games must be perfect.
** On separate occasions under its previous names (NGC Magazine and N64 Magazine), it awarded scores of ??% to two Japan-only games that they found completely unable to comprehend- ''[=GiFTPiA=]'' on the Gamecube (which they suspected was probably really good) and ''Get A Love: Panda Love Unit'' on the Nintendo 64 (with the mini-review reading “Impenetrable Japanese girlfriend simulator. No, hang on, ThatCameOutWrong.”)
** Similarly, the UK ''Nintendo Official Magazine'' gave a blank space where the percentage score traditionally was for ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution''. The review essentially degenerated into a series of screenshots of humorous quotes sent to random online opponents.
* Magazine/PCGamer UK once gave a terrible University management game XX% and the review was written as a multiple choice exam so the reader could choose the final score. The highest possible was no more that 10% and the lowest was a flat 0.
* When TOM from Creator/{{Toonami}} reviewed ''Dropship: United Peace Force'' for the PlayStation2 the game received a “?” rating. Tom had no idea how to rate the game since he could never get past the sixth level. This was accompanied by repeated footage of TOM losing on that level.
** Post-revival, when reviewing ''VideoGame/{{Slender}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9E1cmWekf4&feature=related TOM couldn’t decide what score to give it due to his utter terror]] (though he did like it).
* Equestria Gaming has handed out “Ungradeable—??/10” ratings on occasion.
* In a case of it being this trope or ReadingsAreOffTheScale, ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Symposium of Post-mysticism]]''’s author Akyuu gives ratings for friendliness and power. Unlike ''Perfect Memento in Strict Sense'', which had definite ratings, she actually gives out “Unknown” ratings for when she cannot define the character. Reiuji Utsuho is a unique case: ''both areas'' are rated as “Unknown”.
* Video game magazine Zzap64! already did this in 1987 when they reviewed the Shoot 'Em Up Construction Kit. This is mainly due to the fact that they thought that the game's quality depends on the things that you make with it. They said however that the game is a great tool to make shoot 'em ups with which is why they awarded it a gold medal. This has probably made this trope OlderThanTheyThink.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/TheHardcoreKid'' gives works a rating of "Hardcore Hit" if he likes them, and "Hardcore Headache" if he doesn't. ''WesternAnimation/MarvinMarvin'' got a "Hardcore Tumor" because of how reprehensible he found it, and ''Anime/BagiTheMonsterOfMightyNature'' a "Hardcore Catflap" because it was such a MindScrew to him.
[[/folder]]

!!Refusal to Rate (‘Reviews don't apply here.’)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''The X-Axis'' again: Paul didn’t give a rating to the 2004 relaunch of ''Comicbook/XForce'', holding that judging its quality by any normal standard was beside the point—it was exactly what you’d expect a relaunch of ''Comicbook/XForce'' by Creator/RobLiefeld to be like and therefore, presumably, the people who bought it did so because that’s what they wanted (whether to make fun of it or because they were genuinely fans of the Creator/RobLiefeld style).
* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] refused to review ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay'' claiming it’s so bad it doesn’t even deserve a review. [[spoiler:[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/at4w/36077-at4w-200th-episode He eventually did.]]]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* Creator/RogerEbert did this occasionally:
** From [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19970411/REVIEWS/704110304/1023 his review]] of ''Film/PinkFlamingos'':
-->'''Ebert:''' Note: I am not giving a star rating to ''Pink Flamingos'', because stars simply seem not to apply. It should be considered not as a film but as a fact, or perhaps as an object.
** In [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100505/REVIEWS/100509982 his review]] of ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'', he was more explicit in his refusal:
-->'''Ebert:''' I am required to award stars to movies I review. This time, I refuse to do it. The star rating system is unsuited to this film. Is the movie good? Is it bad? Does it matter? It is what it is and occupies a world [[StealthPun where the stars don’t shine]].
* There was a review of one of ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' movies that rated it “Stars? Who needs stars?”
* A fairly positive example: the website [[http://www.1000misspenthours.com/index.html 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting]] will not give star reviews to movies that either predate the concept of filmmaking (Georges Méliès’ ‘stunt films’) or are not in any state to be objectively reviewed (the stills-based ‘reconstruction’ of the legendarily-lost ''London After Midnight''). These films are still reviewed, but their rating is “Not Applicable”.
* The only film currently without a star rating in ''Website/TheEditingRoom'' is ''{{Gooby}}''; [[http://the-editing-room.com/gooby.html and that particular script needs to be read to be believed]]. This might be more a case of Impossible to Rate, however.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* SmartBitchesTrashyBooks has a grade of "DNF", for books they Did Not Finish.
* ARamone, who reviews on ''The Arched Doorway''[[note]] www.archeddoorway.com[[/note]], once refused to rate a book she hadn't finished; the closest she got was saying she wouldn't recommend it.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* A good-natured case of this was when Website/SFDebris reviewed the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' episode “Family”. While he liked the episode, he refused to rate it because, as he put it, the episode consisted entirely of plot threads which in other episodes would’ve been [[PlotThreads B plots]]. He also did this for ''Series/DoctorWho''’s “[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor Vincent and the Doctor]]”, for the same reason—he could not compare it to other episodes for rating, when it is so different to them.
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[[folder:Music]]
* James Wolcott’s [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/metal-machine-music-19750814 review]] of Music/LouReed’s ''Metal Machine Music''.
-->“What’s most distressing is the possibility that ''Metal Machine Music'' isn’t so much a knife slash at his detractors as perhaps a blade turned inward. At its very worst this album suggests masochism. He may be, to shift weaponry images, moving to the center of fire so that we critics-as-assassins can make a clean kill. Fine, Lou, go ahead. Just stand there. Don’t move, But [sic] damned if I’ll squeeze the trigger.”
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The writer of the tier system for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.5e'' refused to give the truenamer class a rating—due to poorly-written formulas, after the first few levels it can’t use its powers at all without extremely heavy MinMaxing, and even then it’s a SquishyWizard with worse spells than some MagicKnight classes. He would later note that an optimized truenamer is in Tier 4 (about as good as a warlock or rogue), while an unoptimized one is Tier 6 (the same as {{Joke Character}}s like the commoner and infamous trainwrecks like the samurai and divine mind).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Series/XPlay'' required any game they reviewed to receive a rating of 1 to 5 stars. Any other rating was not allowed, so games that the hosts felt didn’t deserve even 1 star were never given a review.
** The hosts refused to rate ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'' because giving it 1 star ''[[EpicFail would imply that it was actually a game]]''—although they did not do the same for ''ET''. Other games featured in the ‘games you should never buy’ segment, such as ''Barbie Horse Adventure'' or ''Flags'' (a ‘flag waving in the wind’ simulator), also were not rated.
** ''X-Play'' gave ''VideoGame/PokemonChannel'' a 1 out of 5, but they later said it should’ve been left unscored since it too wasn’t technically a game.
* PlayedForLaughs by [[WebVideo/{{Jimquisition}} Jim Sterling’s]] “[[http://www.destructoid.com/100-objective-review-final-fantasy-xiii-179178.phtml 100% objective review]]” of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''.
** Played straight in Sterling’s review of ''VideoGame/VelvetAssassin'', where the game is so horrible he couldn’t finish it and gave it an ‘N/A’ score.
** Was also played straight in Sterling’s review of ''VideoGame/KnightsContract'', where he stated that while he couldn’t give it a score because he did not finish it, he assured readers that “it would not get a ten out of ten”.
* Although ''Website/TheVideoGameCritic'' typically grades on a standard A to F scale, he will occasionally give a game an ‘NA’ (ostensibly for ‘Not Applicable’.) This is typically for one of two reasons: Either the game is simply an enhanced remake of another one, or it’s meant for preschoolers and thus it would be slightly unfair for him to give it a grade.
* When N-Gamer reviewed the infamous witch-touching game ''Doki Doki Majo Shinpan!'', the rating for each category simply said “'''[[{{Squick}} NO]]'''”. It was even awarded the “VideoGame/{{Superman 64}} [[MedalOfDishonor Award For Worst Game (of 2007)]]”.
* ''Tomcat Alley'', an FMV flight simulator on the Sega CD, was given no score on a scale from 0–100 by a magazine called ''Interface'' (“TA claims to be an ‘interactive movie’ and not something as lowly as a mere videogame. And since our business is games it gets no score. No arms, no cookies!”).
* Again from ''The Grimoire of Marisa'': Marisa outright refuses to rate the spellcards of Suika and Medicine. Suika because all but one of her moves aren’t even danmaku (her being a fighting game boss who uses brute force), and Medicine because her body can’t handle using poison.
* Kill Screen’s review of ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' probably stands as the most extreme example of this; [[http://killscreendaily.com/articles/reviews/review-duke-nukem-forever not only did the reviewer refuse to give a score, the entire site decided not to give out scores]] ''ever again''.
-->“We didn’t think it would be possible for a single terrible game to change our entire scoring system. Congratulations, Duke, you’ve broken us.”
* In place of verbally receiving its 1, or any verbal review at all, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR3a0gixfwI Alex Navarro’s video review of]] ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'' ends with him turning his back on his desk, walking out to the street, lying down on it, and shaking his head.
* In response to the technical issues involving the Always-On DRM and the disastrous launch, Jonathan Cresswell’s [[http://www.jonathancresswell.co.uk/2013/03/review-simcity/ ‘review’]] of the 2013 ''VideoGame/SimCity'' is nothing more than a fake loading screen and “Estimated load time: minutes.”
** Website/YouTube game reviewer [[http://www.youtube.com/user/DMJared DMJared]] did something similar in his One-Minute Review of the game. He just showed himself struggling to get into the game, gave up 10 seconds into the review, and just ended it with the line, “F*** it, I’m going to bed,” cutting to a black screen for the rest of the one-minute video.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Website/SomethingAwful’s “WTF, D&D!?” column reviews bad or otherwise bizarre TabletopGames. However, their page for ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'' wasn’t so much a review as it was [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/dungeons-and-dragons/fatal-worst-rpg.php a top-ten list of reasons why]] they ''refused'' to review it.
* ''Blog/BloggerBeware''[='=]s [[http://www.bloggerbeware.com/2008/07/r-e-t-r-o-s-p-e-c-t-find-out-what-it.html retrospective]] on the original ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books lists the ten best and worst books. In the latter category, ''Chicken Chicken'' (a book he found to be [[DudeNotFunny absolutely horrible]]) ranks #0, with this paragraph accompanying it:
--> "This book doesn't deserve a number. It doesn't even deserve to be listed. To list it implies some value, even as a marker for the lows of the series. But this book doesn't deserve the attention it will garner just by virtue of its position. This isn't a case of 'So bad it's good,' this is 'So bad I want to vomit[...]'. ''Chicken Chicken'' very nearly ended the blog two years ago, but I ultimately decided to push forward. I don't know what else to say except '''''it really is ''that'' bad''''''."
* TheRapCritic refused to give a grade to "Loyal" by ChrisBrown because "it would validate him as a rapper".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'':
** They usually commented on music videos, but in two cases (Music/MilliVanilli and Music/VanillaIce), they just stared in silent horror for a while before changing the channel.
** A positive variation occurred when they spent an entire [[Music/TheRamones Ramones]] video headbanging.
** Another video was so dull and clichéd they simply turned the TV off. [[OverlyLongGag The home viewers’ screen was also black, with no commentary, for the rest of the video-watching segment.]]
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