Rating System

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).

Finally, as of June 2021, we rate the steaminess of the romance.

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 suggest 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.


As we are more of a Jane Austen-inspired site, we focus more on emotional romances with less explicit content. Still, we know some readers/watchers are more comfortable with completely clean reads/movies/shows, and others don’t mind some steaminess! And we do regularly cover content beyond “clean.”

The heat level is typically understood in the romance novel world on a 1-5 level scale, although opinions vary. For the best guide out there, check out the guide from All the Kissing.

However, we cover romance in more than just books and decided to develop our own rating system, albeit on a similar number scale since that is familiar to most romance readers. We’ve also made it very simple to understand.


(NOTE: On The Silver Petticoat Review, we mostly cover one through three romances with the occasional four. We don’t review five-level romances. Although we may include characters or discuss shows in relevant lists. (IE: Best Byronic Heroes in a TV show.)

ONE: CLEAN & WHOLESOME. This would be a G rating. So, expect to find Hallmark romances, inspirational romances, clean historical reads, pure romances, clean, classic romances, etc. Expect to see hand-holding, romantic stares, occasional sweet kisses, etc. A great example would be the Anne of Green Gables (1985) miniseries.

TWO: FADE TO BLACK. This rating is for PG-like or mild PG-13-like romances. So, some implied scenes might happen, there could be intense kissing scenes (IE: Jane and Rochester kissing in a bed in the 2006 adaptation of Jane Eyre), more kissing than in a clean read/movie, sexual tension, realistic relationship discussions without becoming vulgar, mild artistic nudity (Becoming Jane, Emma), etc. So, there may be powerful cerebral and emotional connections between couples.

There may also be implied sexuality but everything is behind closed doors. There may be more innuendo like in an Old Hollywood film that used insinuation to get around the Motion Pictures Production Code. Numerous rom-coms like Sleepless in Seattle or While You Were Sleeping fit into this category.

We would also typically place more “intense” romances into this category even if there is no sexual content. For example, romantic suspense, Gothic stories, stories that include more adult themes, etc. (The story around the romance affects the rating.)

THREE: SENSUAL. This rating is for more graphic PG-13-like romances. So, while there may sometimes still be an element of fade to black like the two romance rating, there may be something else in the story to raise the romance rating.

For example, in a three, there may be a sex scene or two that goes beyond fade to black but is not graphically depicted, artistic nudity (Titanic), OR there may be more innuendo in the story with stronger language and sexual references. Perfect examples of a three romance would be Moulin Rouge and Sanditon.

FOUR: STEAMY & MATURE. This rating is for R-rated romances. There may be explicit sex scenes in the story. Still, they move the story forward and are typically more about the emotional connection than focusing on body parts or excessive for no reason. Sex is usually not the main point, but it may exist in the story. A couple of good examples include Atonement and Cold Mountain.

FIVE: EROTICA: This rating is for more explicit R-rated romances/NC-17 stories. So, explicit, nothing is left to the imagination. In this category, you’ll find erotica, graphic language, numerous explicit sex scenes with nudity (when a movie/show) – sometimes without the necessity to the story, explicit sexual violence, etc. There may still be emotion in erotic romances, but sex is often necessary to tell the story. A couple of perfect examples include the Fifty Shades Trilogy of books and HBO’s Game of Thrones.


We should point out that some romances (or movies/shows/books with romance in it) can be in-between ratings. For example, take the A Discovery of Witches adaptation. It’s mostly a three romance, but a couple of scenes almost lean toward a four. So, I would rate it a 3.5 overall.

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