Wednesday’s positive reviews mean a decade-long Tim Burton ratings streak has come to an end. Despite directing cult classics and beloved movies from the ‘80s and ‘90s like Beetlejuice, Batman, and Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton’s movies from the 2010s began a downward trend with critical reception. The filmmaker’s releases are still typically box office hits, but negative or average reviews for major films like Alice in Wonderland (2010), Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), and Dumbo (2019) signaled the need for a major comeback.
How Wednesday’s Ratings Compare To Burton’s Latest Movies
Perhaps the most impressive feat with Wednesday’s ratings is its high audience score, as Tim Burton’s movies haven’t reached such acclaim from viewers on Rotten Tomatoes since 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (81%). Wednesday has a much higher audience rating than Tim Burton’s past five movies, including Dumbo (48%), Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (60%), Big Eyes (68%), Frankenweenie (70%), and Dark Shadows (46%). Since the series only debuted on November 23, the audience score will inevitably be subject to change, but it seems Wednesday season 1 will maintain a wide gap between its critic and audience scores.
Why Wednesday’s Reviews Are So Positive
In addition to Ortega’s performance, the positive reception seems to be based on the line that Wednesday draws with how dark its material goes. While it maintains a wider reach by holding back with some macabre elements, the show still adds a creepier layer to the Addams Family themes that suit Wednesday’s young adult focus.
What Wednesday’s Success Means For Tim Burton’s Comeback
Tim Burton fans have been waiting for his comeback since the early 2010s, with Wednesday marking his big return to critical and audience acclaim.