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Netflix reportedly turned down ‘Holmes & Watson' because of bad test scores


December 29, 2018

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It looks like Netflix didn’t like “Holmes and Watson” either.

What’s going on: The new Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly comedy, which is a comedic take on the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson story, hasn’t been doing well at the box office.

  • Our movie reviewer Josh Terry called it “a clueless mess,” giving it two stars for a film that “is a tough sell at full ticket price.”
  • People are literally walking out of the movie, too.
Netflix: Well, it looks like Netflix wasn’t a fan of the film either. Sony apparently tried to sell the film to Netflix, which turned it down because of a poor run among test viewers, Deadline reports.

  • “We had heard for quite some time that test scores for ‘Holmes & Watson’ were so bad that Sony tried unloading the movie to Netflix, but the streamer wouldn’t buy it,” according to Deadline.
  • The Wrap’s Alonso Duralde reported that Netflix turned down the project, too.
Context: Netflix has purchased films from studios in the past. Those films didn’t have great Rotten Tomatoes scores either.

For example: “The Cloverfield Paradox” was purchased from Paramount Pictures. Its Rotten Tomatoes score is 19 percent.

However:Chris Evangelista of /Film said he was surprised Netflix didn’t take on the project.

  • “Still, it’s surprising to hear that Netflix passed this up. The streaming platform really has nothing to lose — except money, of course — in acquiring a title like this. In fact, it’s safe to assume that more people would happily stream Holmes and Watson from the comfort of their own homes rather than venturing out to plop down hard-earned cash at a theater. Is this the start of a change for Netflix? Are they becoming more selective now?"

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