It’s impossible to convert the subjective experience of artistry into an objective number-crunching ranking system. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying. Slate.com recently sifted through Rotten Tomatoes, the popular website that aggregates all the reviews of a film and grades them on a binary “fresh”/”rotten” critical scale, in an attempt to come up with the actors and actresses with the best track records in onscreen greatness. Get this: According to the study, Jennifer Love Hewitt has the worst track record of any movie actress in Hollywood. The conclusion derives from the fact that Hewitt has never starred in a film to earn a “fresh” rating.
When asked to comment, Hewitt released a statement to EW: “Clearly, I need to learn French and go to Paris to make some French films, since those seem to be the favorites of critics. And do they give trophies for this?” That’s a reference to the fact that, according to the study, the Best Actor of the last 25 years is Daniel Auteuil. You have to admit, the study does seem a bit strange: According to the Rotten Tomatoes metrics, the greatest American actor is John Ratzenberger because he’s had voice roles in every single Pixar film. That’s kind of like arguing that Shia LaBeouf is the most popular actor of the last decade because he starred in three Transformerses and one Indiana Jones.
You could argue that it’s just plain inaccurate to judge an actor purely on the quality of the movies they starred in: Anna Faris has starred in a whole assortment of bad movies, but there’s no way you can call her a bad actress; Nicolas Cage has basically only starred in bad movies in the last decade, but he’s almost always interesting. Putting all these other arguments aside, Jennifer Love Hewitt starred in Can’t Hardly Wait, which we can all certainly agree is at least “Fresh.”
PopWatchers, do you think Hewitt is the worst film actress of the last quarter century? Or is the study fundamentally skewed? Should we all learn French and move to Paris? I hear they have a great health care system, and also afternoon naps!
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