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Half star ratings on Netflix

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I noticed a friend of mine (Jordan L.) who had half-star ratings (2.5, 3.5, etc.) on Netflix. When I asked him about it, he said to just “hover over the left side of the star” to get a half-star rating. This didn’t work for me, so I thought it might be a Linux vs. Windows thing and asked another friend (Mike F.) to try it out. Same result – didn’t work in IE or Firefox on Windows. Then Mike found a JavaScript file that could be installed with greasemonkey and that worked fine for him.

I’ve yet to install greasemonkey, and I don’t like the idea of installing JavaScript on my system unless I’ve thoroughly analyzed it, so I thought of another way.

I installed wireshark on my Ubuntu Linux box and sniffed the network traffic to Netflix when I rated a movie. After some experimenting and removal of extraneous info, I came up with the following URL to rate a movie with half stars. This specific URL will rate the movie “The Incredibles” with a 4.5 star rating (probably a bad example since The Incredibles clearly deserves a 5 star rating):


To rate other movies, simply replace 70001989 with the id of the movie which you can find by hovering over the movie. I believe you’ll need to be logged in to Netflix already for this to work.

Now as to why Jordan can rate half-stars without the aid of a greasemonkey script, that’s still a mystery.

Update: got an email from Jordan explaining that his Netflix pages include the following two JavaScript source files:


I only have the first one, and from the name of the second one, I presume that’s the one that gives him the special half star rating capability. I guess Netflix favors Jordan over me :(

Update 2: mystery solved! My curiosity got the best of me so I contacted Netflix. The rep said they’re running a test and Jordan just happened to get picked (I didn’t mention Jordan, but I suppose they looked through my ‘friend’ list)! They do that periodically to test features to see if they’ll give them to the unwashed masses. I asked if they could run the test on me, and he said it didn’t work that way :) So I guess it’s the greasemonkey script or the inconvenient URL hack for the rest of us.

Written by Brian Adkins

May 2, 2007 at 1:43 pm

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  1. […] wrote an article back in May about a way to give half star ratings on Netflix. It had the advantage of working in any browser and not requiring any software […]

  2. Nice hack! Thanks buddy


    March 2, 2008 at 12:21 am

  3. If you copy the link location when hovering over the star rating and paste it into the location bar, you can set half ratings.


    March 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm

  4. To copy the link location when hovering over the star rating, I had to go to View -Source in InternetExplorer and find that particular line and copy it to Notepad and delete the ‘ in front and at the end of it and then copy and paste it into the address bar while looking at the NetFlix page that has the star ratings on it, and change 4 to 4.5 (or whatever), and finally refresh the screen. Done!


    April 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

  5. My above method is too complicated.

    In Internet Explorer, right-click on the stars in Star Rating, and select Copy Shortcut. Then Paste it into the address window of the existing Netflix window. Then change the value= from 3.0 to 3.5 (or whatever). Then refresh the screen (Alt-V, R).

    In Google Chrome, select “Save link as” instead of Copy Shortcut.


    April 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

  6. Hey I was wondering if you could contact your friend and find out what the new URL is for the half stars code. I tried your bookmarklet and it works nice but if possible I would like something integrated in Netflix where I can hover over the left side of the star and make a half star rating. Maybe if I had the half-star javascript I could make a greasemonkey script that auto-loads it


    July 2, 2012 at 12:44 am

  7. @someone I’m not even sure if Netflix is supporting this still – it seemed to be experimental code.

    Brian Adkins

    July 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

  8. Hi thanks for replying. The bookmarklet I’m using I got from here http://blog.genawilson.com/2011/03/netflix-half-star-rating-bookmarklet/. What I do is go to the page of a movie and then click the bookmarklet, which brings up a box letting me choose a rating. I can choose 3.5 etc. I just did one yesterday. Anyway it’d be cool if they allowed that for all users. Also it occurs to me this post is five years old, so maybe it was impolite to ask something like that. Thanks anyway for your post


    July 3, 2012 at 12:35 am

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