We aim to bring something unique to rating literature, film, television and theater. Not only do we review the quality of the content, but we also review the romance when relevant to the story. For the overall ratings, we use vintage corsets and for romance, we use vintage hearts to represent the typical 5-star rating system!

For additional fun, we also give our “expert” opinion on what type of adaptation we recommend (Movie, Miniseries, or TV Show).

To round it all off, we’ve recently introduced some additional fun in the way we rate stories. Romantic Period Dramas and Reviews including Old-Fashioned Romance will also have a Review Breakdown and an overall percentage!

Which brings us to the actual ratings…

The Silver Petticoat Review Rating System

For Content (all famous movie quotes):


Five Corset Rating Lower Byte Size

“The stuff that dreams are made of.”

Four and a half corset rating

“You had me at hello.”

Four corset rating

“Hello, Gorgeous.”

three and a half corset rating

“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful


three corset rating

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce

me. Aren’t you?”

two and a half corset rating

“We’ll always have Paris.”

two corset rating

“Well, nobody’s perfect.”

one and a half corset rating

“You don’t understand! I coulda

had class. I coulda been a


One corset rating

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t

give a damn.”

For Romance (all Jane Austen quotes):


Five heart rating

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.

I have loved none but you.”

four heart rating

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My

feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me

to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

three heart rating

“Happiness in marriage is entirely a

matter of chance.”

two heart rating

“I have not the pleasure of

understanding you.”

one vintage heart rating

“Let other pens dwell on

guilt and misery. I quit such

odious subjects as soon as I can.


We only do adaptation recommendations for books. At the end of the review, we’ll give our “expert” opinion on whether we think the book would best be turned into a Film, a Series of Films, a Mini-Series or a TV Show and why.


Whenever we review a romantic period drama (or at the least a period drama with romance), then it will have our fun Romantic Period Drama Breakdown. The same goes for Old-Fashioned Romance.

Here’s what we’re looking for!


  • Costume Design: In a great period drama, expect to find beautiful costumes!
  • Leading Man Appeal: (Is he chivalrous like Mr. Darcy? Is he a brooding Byronic Hero like Mr. Rochester with devilish charm and manners? We’re looking for fantastic leading men with charisma.)
  • Female Characterization: (We’re looking for layered, three-dimensional female characters. All kinds – ideally goes beyond stereotypes.)
  • Story Quality: A good romance includes more than just romance. There needs to be a great story as well.
  • Swoon-Worthy Romance Factor (Grand Gestures, Soul Connection, Kindred Spirit Level, smoldering stares, Romantic Moments, Chemistry, etc…)
  • Settings (includes Cinematography & Production Design): How are these gorgeous settings from the past presented on screen? Did the filmmakers successfully create a past setting?
  • Period Dialogue: Are the colloquialisms too modern sounding or does it fit the time period presented? How natural is the dialogue?


  • Story Quality
  • Leading Man Appeal
  • Female Characterization
  • Swoon-Worthy Romance Factor