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"On the Buster Scale"
Season/Series: 16
Number in season: 8b
Original Airdate: United States May 8, 2013[1]
United Kingdom April 22, 2013[2]
Written by: Dietrich Smith
Storyboard by: Ken Cunningham
"Buster's Book Battle"
"Fern and the Case of the Stolen Story"
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"On the Buster Scale" is the second half of the eighth episode in the sixteenth season of Arthur.


Buster and Brain never agree on movies. Buster rates every film a 10+, while Brain doesn't seem to like anything. Only one of them can be right… or so they think.[3]


At the movie theater in the Mill Creek Mall, Arthur, Buster, Francine, Muffy, Binky, and Brain are watching Giant Exploding Robots 3D. Everyone is amazed by the movie, except Brain, who is simply bored. Brain starts to argue with Buster over the movie, while Arthur explains to the viewers that "there are two things you can count on": Buster and Brain will never agree on a movie, and one of them will not be happy about it.

On the Buster Scale

Buster and Brain continue to argue about Giant Exploding Robots 3D. Although Buster heavily defends the movie, Brain's criticism manages to change the minds of Francine, Muffy, and Binky, shocking Buster.

On his way back home, Buster tells Arthur that everybody loved the movie, but they changed their minds when Brain criticized it. Arthur replies that Brain "did make some good points," and Buster argues that Brain did not understand the plot. When Buster gets back to his condo, his mother, Bitzi, tells him that she has to take the job of film critic for the week, since the regular film critic at the Elwood City Times is out sick. Buster accompanies his mom to see the movie in question, Giant Exploding Robots 3D.

Coming out of the movie theater, Buster is just as entertained by the film as he was the first time, but Bitzi does not know what to think at all. Buster helps her and explains the movie, getting published in the paper.

Buster reads the review to his friends at The Sugar Bowl the next day, and most of his friends are amazed that he wrote something for the newspaper. As they continue to read Buster's review, they see that it rates a 10+ on his "Buster Scale." Francine, Muffy, and Binky reconsider the movie and start to like it again; Brain sighs.

Brain is upset about Buster's review, but Arthur tells him that it was just one review; he is proven wrong when Buster eventually gets an entire "Kids Corner" column in the paper, and starts reviewing movies weekly, rating all of them a 10+. A common theme in the movies Buster reviews is that they all have to do with robots, aliens, monsters, superheroes, and/or explosions in 3D. Brain is annoyed by everyone following Buster's opinions, and when he sees a billboard showing Buster's review for Robot Aliens 3, he gets the idea to start his own movie blog.

At The Sugar Bowl one week, Buster finds out that Brain beat him with a review of Attack of the Monster Superheroes, and he gets mad at Brain for trying to attack him with his review. They eventually conclude to both review the same movie, and see which review changes all their friends' minds.

The movie they review is Le Murmure de Silence, a French movie with English subtitles. When Brain and Buster ask their friends who is "right" about the movie, they are unsure because they have not seen the movie yet. After most of them walk away, Arthur tells Brain and Buster that while he and the others read their reviews out of respect for their opinions, they have to learn to respect other's opinions.

Brain and Buster agree to disagree, and read each other's reviews. Brain is surprised that Buster praised the movie for its sad themes, while Buster is shocked that Brain criticized it for being sappy, and would have much rather seen an explosion. They agree to see more foreign films, "so long as they are more exciting than the movie they reviewed previously."






  • Despite hating Le Murmure de Silence, Brain considers a black-and-white French film from 1939 his favorite.

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  • Le Murmure de Silence is misspelled 'murmer' on the scoreboard outside the movie theater.


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