I mean, I wouldn't suggest there is an alternative. Scores are useless, to me, but I recognize that's just me. A movie getting a 2 or a 8 doesn't help me understand if I might like it. For better or worse, I mostly rely on plot synopsis, trailers, and a bit of additional merit (or demerit) based on recognition of director, cast, and/or studio. There's nearly always a gap between 'critic' and 'audience' scores, and - wrongly or otherwise - I think the reason for that is the willingness (or lack thereof) of the audience to think. Exhibit A = Transformers movies are STILL. HAPPENING.