THR's Teflon Actor Awards
America, is there anything that will stop you from seeing their movies? As Adam Sandler's savaged Jack and Jill scores a $25 million opening, THR honors the stars whose bulletproof appeal outshines any critic.
ADAM SANDLER: A Lowbrow Clown Laughs All the Way to the Bank
Although Rolling Stone's Peter Travers called 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.
- Grown Ups (2010) Box Office: $162 million || Rotten Tomatoes: 10%
- The Waterboy (1998) $161.5 million || 32%
- The Longest Yard (2005) $158.1 million ||31%
- Click (2006) $137.4 million || 33%
- Just Go With It (2011) $103 million || 20%
- Punch-Drunk Love (2002) $17.8 million || 79%
KATHERINE HEIGL: A Promising Start Turns Ugly
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.
- Knocked Up (2007) Box Office: $148.8 million || Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
- The Ugly Truth (2009) 88.9 million || 14%
- 27 Dresses (2008) 76.8 million || 40%
- Life as We Know It (2010) ) $53.4 million || 28%
- Killers (2010) $47.1 million || 11%
TYLER PERRY: He Can Do Bad All by Himself
"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.
- Madea Goes to Jail (2009) Box Office: $90.5 million || Rotten Tomatoes: 26%
- Madea's Family Reunion (2006) $63.3 million || 26%
- Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010) $60.1 million || 27%
- Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) $50.6 million || 16%
ASHTON KUTCHER: No Kutcher Film Has Been Reviewed Positively
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.
- Cheaper by The Dozen (2003) Box Office: $138.6M || Rotten Tomatoes: 23%
- Valentine's Day (2010) $110.5M || 17%
- What Happens in Vegas (2008) $80.3M || 28%
- No Strings Attached (2011) $70.7M || 49%
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY: When He Strips, He Scores With America
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."
- A Time to Kill (1996) Box Office: $108.8M || Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) $105.8M || 42%
- Failure to Launch (2006) $88.7M || 25%
- Fool's Gold (2008) $70.2M || 11%
JENNIFER ANISTON: The Friends Alum Turned Enemy of Critics
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.
- The Break-Up (2006) Box Office: $118.7M || Rotten Tomatoes: 34%
- Horrible Bosses (2011) $117.5M || 69%
- Just Go With It (2011) $103M || 20%
- He's Just Not That Into You (2009) $94M || 42%
- The Bounty Hunter (2010) $67.1M || 7%
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: They lose on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer but win at the box office
Cameron Diaz: She failed to crack the 50 percent "fresh" mark for 12 live-action films since 2001, including Green Hornet. But the top five of those grossed $525 million domestic.
Kate Hudson: Looked like she was set for life after Cameron Crowe's 2000 Almost Famous. But her 14 films since have been rated "rotten." And half made more than Almost Famous.
Burt Reynolds: The Boogie Nights Oscar nominee showed Teflon status with 1981's bad Cannonball Run ($72.2 million) and 2005's 13 percent "rotten" The Dukes of Hazzard ($80.3 million).
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Half of his 10 top-grossing films are "rotten," including Batman & Robin (13 percent, $107.3 million) and End of Days (11 percent, $66.9 million).
Sylvester Stallone: His reviews have been a punch in the face since his 1977 Oscar noms for Rocky. But 2010's The Expendables (40 percent "rotten," $103.1 million) still drew a crowd.
John Travolta: Audiences likely are remembering Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction when paying to see dreck like Wild Hogs (14 percent "rotten," $168.3 million).
Jean-Claude Van Damme: None of his mega-grossing actioners impressed critics. And critics' favorite JCVD (2008) earned just $470,691.