Although Rolling Stone's Peter Travers called Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill "stupefyingly unfunny" and it scored an extremely rare 3 percent "fresh" (i.e., "rotten") rating on RottenTomatoes.com's quality scale, the comedy opened at $25 million domestic. In fact, 30 of the 37 Sandler films have been critical busts, according to the site, but nearly all have outgrossed his best-rated movie, Paul Thomas Anderson's 2002 drama Punch-Drunk Love ($17.8 million). His top-grossing 10 movies averaged just 29.4 percent approval from critics -- and grossed $1.4 billion.
The Rom-Com Queen Award: Katherine Heigl
She knocked it out of the comedy park in Judd Apatow's 2007 Knocked Up, but critics haven't loved follow-up rom-coms like 2009's The Ugly Truth, which New York Daily News' Elizabeth Weitzman said "manages to insult both its cast and audience with nearly every scene." Still, Heigl keeps selling tickets, though with somewhat diminishing returns.
Mr. Consistency: Ashton Kutcher
It's an achievement of which few actors can boast: Every one of the Two and a Half Men star's movies has received a "rotten" rating from critics. The good news: His most recent effort, January's No Strings Attached, was his least-panned ever. And his grosses help him maintain his characteristic good humor.
The Shirtless Wonder: Matthew McConaughey
McConaughey never quite achieved superstardom as many predicted after the 1996 hit drama A Time to Kill. And while he earns decent reviews in dramas like March's The Lincoln Lawyer, he more often prefers lame rom-coms that showcase his glistening torso, like the 2006 Sarah Jessica Parker collaboration Failure to Launch, which Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips noted was "cursed with an honest title."
The Cross-Dressing Phenom: Tyler Perry
"I've been reviewing movies a long time," wrote Roger Ebert of Perry's 2005 breakout Diary of a Mad Black Woman, "and I can't think of one that more dramatically shoots itself in the foot." Still, Perry's audience can't get enough of his gun-toting, plus-size Madea character.
America's Sweetheart: Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston's movies grossed almost a quarter-billion dollars this year, proving she's the only Friends star to successfully transition to film. But what's fascinating is how little quality matters to her drawing power. Marley & Me and Horrible Bosses were as good as Just Go With It was bad -- "If they were showing this on an airplane, I'd ask for a parachute," wrote Richard Roeper -- and they all grossed more than $100 million.
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