After much anticipation, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey debuts to a dismal Rotten Tomatoes score. With the 1926 Winnie-the-Pooh book officially entering the public domain last year, the previously unknown director Rhys Frake-Waterfield was able to develop a demented reimagining of the beloved children’s book by A. A. Milne. Since last May, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey images and trailers have received widespread attention online and created much anticipation for the seemingly absurd horror movie.
Now, with the micro-budget horror movie having begun its limited theatrical run, more and more critics have started to share their reviews. To little surprise, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey has debuted to an abysmal eight percent on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing with just over ten reviews, though the score isn’t expected to see a drastic increase over time. Early on, the critical consensus seems to be that Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey is a poorly made movie intended to attract attention, drawing comparisons to Sharknado.
Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey’s Rotten Tomatoes Scores Explained
Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey‘s abysmal Rotten Tomatoes score shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. As a wacky low-budget indie horror, the project had very little chance to be well-received by critics. However, its absurd premise is exactly what has made it so popular online and, based on early box office numbers, audiences are actually showing up in theaters to see it.
While Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey is being panned by critics, the early audience reactions are trending positively. On Rotten Tomatoes, its audience score is in the 60 percent range with over 50 verified ratings submitted. Based on the early audience reactions online, it appears they agree that Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey is utterly ridiculous, but they also recognize it is absurdly entertaining and a blast, even drawing comparisons to The Room, which has been called the Citizen Kane of bad movies.
Based on the critical and audience reactions to Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey thus far, it might have a chance to be the next cult hit with younger audiences. The horror movie was already off to a killer start at the international box office, which appears primed to continue during its limited theatrical release in the United States. More Blood and Honey is also already promised, as a sequel Winne-the-Pooh 2 is officially in the works.
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Source: Rotten Tomatoes