Yes there are some off the shelf scripts out there that perform a
similar function for the small guys. Because they are off the shelf,
they are cheaper than a bespoke solution. Many offer some degree of
customization to enable it to integrate with the look and feel of your
Not all may be that easy to implement, but a webmaster should be able
to install them without too much trouble assuming some technical
knowledge of servers and basic scripting rules.
Here are some I found:
"Magpie Customer Review Manager " by Random Mouse!
from $59.95 for a 1 year license or $180.00 full purchase MySQL
version also available.
"Magpie is a web-based review management system which allows website
visitors to review and rate products, services, or other items/topics
of your choice. If you've seen the customer comments area at
Amazon.com, then you already know what Magpie is all about. The
program can be coupled to the user databases of Ikonboard, Links SQL,
phpBB, PHP-Nuke, Post-Nuke Ultimate Bulletin Board, VBulletin,
WWWThreads, and others"
Bandley3 script collection for $7.99
the "5 Star Review script" allows reviews and ratings
AardvarkPublisher by BuildACommunity.com at $499
"AardvarkPublisher is a powerful content management tool and site
organizer. You can support user-submitted articles, reviews,
editorials or just about any other type of information."
User Review Engine by Multimedian.com license is $99, $50 for
"this script allows the user to have his own user review website (for
movie reviews, technology reviews, book reviews, etc...). The script
organizes all the reviews, lets the administrator accept or reject
reviews, calculates the average review score."
Amaz'n Book Club by Onlinearts (this script looks to be free!)
"My Amaz'n Book Club is script that allows individuals to share their
favorite books with others. It allows visitors to your site to submit
book reviews and recommendations. Visitors can also view the reviews
and recommendations submitted by others. It includes the ability for a
site administrator approve/modify/delete reviews via a web-based
The CGI Directory
The CGI Resource Index
Free Perl Code
I hope that helps,