Jennifer Love Hewitt Is the Worst-Reviewed Actress Since 1985
New data indicates that critics dislike her more than any other leading lady.
Jennifer Love Hewitt is the worst-reviewed actress since 1985, according to a new analysis of the Rotten Tomatoes website archives. Slate.com compiled the information from the movie review site, which aggregates reviews according to its "fresh" or "rotten" scale.
Slate writes, "Hewitt has the rare distinction of never having made a single 'fresh' (above 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) film. Her average score of 18.9 owes to such duds as Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (7 percent), I Know What You Did Last Summer (35 percent), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (7 percent), and both Garfield movies (15 percent and 11 percent, respectively)."
The study only ranked film performances, so Hewitt's work on projects like Ghost Whisperer and Lifetime's The Client List, which earned her a Golden Globe nom, did not count for the rankings.
Had the study counted only 20 films, Mena Suvari would have taken Hewitt's crown. The American Beauty star had an average rating of 32.7 percent.
The study also pegged Chuck Norris as the worst reviewed actor since 1985, writing, "Appearing in one bad film is a mistake. Appearing in dozens of bad films is a deliberate choice.
"Thanks to movies like The Delta Force (20 percent), Missing in Action (23 percent), and Top Dog (0 percent), Norris tops—or, as it were, bottoms—the list of worst-reviewed actors, with an average score of 18.4 since 1985."
Undercover Brother star Eddie Griffin received the dubious honor of worst actor in 20 movies since 1985, with an average rating of 24.1 percent.
The most positive rankings went to Secrets & Lies and Another Year director Mike Leigh, boasting a lifetime average of 92.1 percent; French actor Daniel Auteuil, with an 86 percent average; and actress Arsinée Khanjian, who has appeared in The Sweet Hereafter and Felicia's Journey, and averaged 84.7.