Jennifer Love Hewitt is scientifically “the worst actress” in Hollywood


Slate has a lengthy article about Rotten Tomatoes and what RT’s ratings/critical assessments mean in the larger sense. There’s lots of math and an epic explanation, which I’m going to try to summarize without having to excerpt large chunks. Basically, you guys know what Rotten Tomatoes is all about – go here to see RT’s site. You can read every major (and many minor) critical opinion of every film. Plus, RT “scores” films – anything above 70% is considered good or a “fresh” tomato. Anyway, Slate did an extensive search with RT, trying to figure out who were the best and worst actors, directors, etc, using RT’s cold, hard, brutal, raw critical data. The answers may surprise you. According to the math, Jennifer Love Hewitt is the “worst” actress since… I’m not sure. Since 1985, I guess. JLH is the “worst” of the modern actresses, I guess. The worst actor honors went to Chuck Norris. OMG, Chuck and Love should make a movie!!! Here’s an excerpt from the Slate piece:

Worst Actor: Chuck Norris. 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. If you count only actors who have made at least 20 movies since 1985, the Worst Actor award goes to Eddie Griffin, with an average rating of 24.1 percent.

Worst Actress: Jennifer Love Hewitt. 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). If you count only actresses who have made at least 20 movies since 1985, the Worst Actress award goes to Mena Suvari, with an average rating of 32.7 percent.

Best Actor: Daniel Auteuil. With an average film score of 86 percent, Auteuil has appeared in the most consistently high-quality films of the last few decades. The French star, best known for his role in Jean de Florette (1986), may benefit from the critical soft spot for foreign films. If you prefer to count only red-blooded Americans, the top honor goes to John Ratzenberger (76.1 percent average), who has voiced a character in every Pixar movie to date.

Best Actress: Arsinée Khanjian. In the mind of the American film critic, Khanjian can do no wrong—or almost no wrong. Films like The Sweet Hereafter (100 percent), Calendar (100 percent), and Speaking Parts (100 percent) have helped boost Khanjian’s average score up to 84.7 percent. Even her “bad” movie, 2002’s Ararat, rated a 56 percent and was called by one critic “the most thought provoking movie of the year.”* Topping the list of American actresses with an average of 72.8 percent is Amy Madigan of Gone Baby Gone (94 percent) and Field of Dreams (88 percent).

Best Director: Mike Leigh. The British director of Secrets & Lies (94 percent) and Another Year (92 percent) rates a lifetime average of 92.1 percent. The best directors have higher average scores than the best actors, presumably because they have more control over the quality of their films. A critically acclaimed actor might see his average dragged down by a few second-billed roles in lousy genre flicks. (See, for example, multiple-Oscar nominee John Malkovich, whose numbers take a major hit from recent flops like Eragon and Mutant Chronicles.) The highest-rated American director? Ethan Coen, with an 84.3 percent average.

Best Actor in Worst Movie: David Strathairn in Twisted. Strathairn, best known for playing Edward R. Murrow in Good Night and Good Luck, has had a blessed career, with an average rating of 70 percent. That is, if you don’t count Twisted (2 percent), the 2004 thriller-in-name-only starring Ashley Judd as a cop who might actually be the killer she herself is hunting, in which Strathairn plays Judd’s shrink. Honorable mention goes to Laurie Metcalf (average: 70 percent) for her role as Rebecca Frazen in 1996’s Dear God (12 percent).

[From Slate]

Yeah… I understand the technical, scientific reason for crowning Jennifer Love and Chuck Norris as the critical WORST, but it still feels like we’re missing some big names who really should have been named the worst. There are lots of highly-regarded actors who have made bomb after bomb after bomb. There are lots of famous actors who can’t actually act. Basically, I just feel like Jennifer Love is being picked on because of her Pear-Ass. Granted, she’s no Meryl Streep. But she has her place, damn it! And that place is “television”.



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  1. Jennifer says:

    How about Anna Paquin in any episode of True Blood? She’s horrible.

  2. Hautie says:

    Poor JLH. I actually like her. And she is far from the worst actress out there.

    That trophy belongs to Madonna. 🙂

    And I want to know how Chuck Norris beat out Steven Segal. Seriously.

    What I find amazing is the actor’s listed as the best. (Daniel Auteuil & Arsinée Khanjian)

    I have never heard of either of them.

  3. Ashley says:

    Disagree, Kaiser. JLH is the worst p.o.s. actress ever. Movie, tv, anywhere, she is terrible. Example of any work she has done.
    “What do you mean?”
    “I don’t understand.”

    Awful. Fact.

  4. mln76 says:

    Eh it’s sort of like how the top earning actor of all time is Frank Welker a voice actor. I am not saying that JLH is some great talent but it’s not her fault Sister Act 2 sucked so much.

  5. Quest says:

    Nah JLH ain’t that bad… I’ll give the worst actress award to maybe:

    Miley Cyrus
    Paris Hilton
    Tara Reid
    Megan Fox
    Eva Longoria

    ITA with Hautie on Steven Seagal as the worst actor…gawd

  6. almond says:

    I had no idea that Daniel Auteuil is so appreciated outside of France. He is, indeed, a really good actor; he can do comedy and drama with equal ease. But who in the states has heard of him?

    As for JLH, that is very unfair. She may no be a true thespian, but -as kaiser said- she has her niche. She’s not horrendous.

    Studies based on this type of calculations don’t inspire me much trust. Too many variables are taken out of the equation.

  7. fannomore says:

    Seems like there are a lot more stinkos out there, Scarjo for one and Aniston, I can smell them from here.

  8. Anonymous says:

    For worst actress should go to Beyonce Knowles

  9. mln76 says:

    @almond I love Danny Auteuil one of my fav movies is ‘Mama there’s a Man in your Bed’ I actually haven’t ever seen a bad movie with him in it so yeah that one is accurate.

  10. Faye says:

    She’s not the worst actress. I think it’s silly to try and quantify something that is essentially subjective.

  11. brin says:

    I know what JLH should have done last summer….gone to acting class!

  12. gabs says:

    Awe. JLH is allright on tv. I think Biel, Alba, Bosworth are way worse than her. I dont think shes the worst at all.

  13. RocketMerry says:

    Come on, you can’t judge an actor’s skills by how good or bad the movies they were in did! A movie may tank for so many reasons – a good example is the absolutely perfect Jhon Malkovich in the very poorly produced and directed Eragon, as mentioned in the articole.
    I enjoy Miss Hewit on tv shows.
    And why, oh WHY is Meryl Streep NOT wearing her best-american-actress-of-all-times crown, here? I dislike this list.

  14. Blue says:

    Awww I like her and she is far from the worst.

  15. Wilz says:

    I second that, Jennifer! Anna Paquin’s terrible acting is almost enough to negate any A.Skars goodwill. Almost.

  16. devilgirl says:

    Chuck Norris may be rated the worst, but he is laughing all the way to the bank, as he is one of the wealthier Hollywood actors. His name means something, and brings in money.

  17. Melinda says:

    Heather Grahm may look fantastic for her age, but she has to take the title of worst actress. WAY worse than JLH.

  18. bagladey says:

    JLove may not be the best actress but she CAN act and has done a good job on many occasions e.g. The Ghost Whisperer. I don’t care about statistics: I like JLove.

  19. almond says:

    @ mln76 I’ve seen him in a lot of films, most of them during my “French period”, but the two which I can name at the top of my head now are a comedy (Apres vous) and a drama (L’adversaire). Both very good, I thought.

  20. Rachel says:

    Megan Fox.

    That is all.

  21. sisi says:

    @ Fannomore

    That’s what I don’t understand either. In general, Jennifer Anistons movies always make the gossipnews for how low they score on Rotten Tomatoes.

    Maybe she didn’t make enough movies to count?

    Oh and I like both Sister Act movies, not too ashamed to admit it 🙂

  22. Coco says:

    @ Jennifer: I have to agree, she gets on my nerves.

  23. Amy says:

    Woah the Daniel Auteuil one surprised me too! He is a great actor but I didn’t realize he was that famous outside of France. Just saw him in a movie on tv here in Spain I had never seen that I liked a lot! And I saw Mama there’s a man in your bed just a few years ago when I took a French film class in college.

    Ditto Anna Paquin in True Blood. She isn’t a horrible actress per se but I just can’t stand the Sookie character.

    And well Jennifer Love Hewitt… she isn’t that bad.

  24. Neither here nor there, but in high school one of our favorite games was coming up with real or fictitious movie sequels, and then adding the tag line “:Back in the Habit”.

    Terminator 2: Back in the Habit
    Ghost Whisperer 2: Back in the Habit
    The Crying Game 2: Back in the Habit
    LOTR II: Back in the Hobbit

    It actually makes for an awesome roadtrip game if you’re committed to doing bad voiceovers. (And have ready access to AC/DC.)

    “In a world where Evil prevails. . . two hobbits are about to kick some ass!! ‘Regards from the Shire, bitch!’ “

  25. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    @Jennifer How is Anna Paquin bad in every episode of True Blood?

    I am also pretty sure there are some worst actresses out there then JLH but I had no idea she was in 20 movies…but this list is hard to believe and who the hell is the Best Actress? Can’t say I have ever heard of her or the movies she has been in and I found this list poorly done. Where is the Best Actress in a worst film? Who is that?

  26. Maritza says:

    Missing in Action and Delta Force were good movies and Chuck Norris is not the worst actor out there. “I Know what you did last summer” was a good movie too so I don’t believe Jennifer Love Hewitt is the worst actress either.

  27. carrie says:

    JLH only worked in bad movies because there are many others more awful actresses

  28. gee says:

    JLH needs to get on an HBO show or something and just be pretty.

  29. Sol says:

    Oh come on!! I love her and find her movies and tv shows entertaining.There are worse actresses and some even have an oscar!!!

  30. Amanda G says:

    Interesting. Jennifer is “okay” IMO. Not bad, not great. I’d vote for Jennifer Hudson, Scarlet J, Jennifer Aniston or Megan Fox. As for men, Paul Walker is the worst.

  31. KB_explosion says:

    sister act 2 only got a 7% rating!?

    i demand a recount.

  32. mln76 says:

    Well I don’t think it’s judging each actor/actresses performances but just the fact that JLH has never been in a high rated film EVER. As opposed to some who have had at least one critically acclaimed work. Jen Aniston had the Good Girl and Friends with Money…Madonna had Desperately Seeking Susan (I love that movie so no one can dis it LOL) And Paquin was in some very good movies in her youth including her Oscar winning turn in the Piano. JLH has never had the luck of being even a bit player in a good movie…Poor girl.

  33. jenni says:

    JLH’s not bad at all, I actually think she’s good. She’s always reminded me of C. Danes, but I like JLH more. They’re both the emotional/trembly/girlish types. Hewitt was the most likable character off “Party of 5” from back in the day. I know A listers are seen as the more talented actors, but for women I think the better actresses tend to be on TV. They seem like they get to express more range including the comic side of life. Movie actresses are always doing serious drama, or just foil for the funny males. Zzzz. Even if TV actresses aren’t esteemed as highly they just seem like they can really do all kinds of emotions and situations better than the actresses who do all movies.

  34. thesea says:

    Worst actress Anjolie – witness Alexander. Say no more – el stinko.

  35. the original bellaluna says:

    As long as her “place” on TV isn’t on L&O SVU.

  36. lucy2 says:

    What a distorted method of ranking. Someone clearly had too much time on their hands!
    I don’t think she’s all that good, but she’s not the worst.

  37. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Arsinée Khanjian is Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s wife.

  38. Jennifer says:

    @Love Angelina: I don’t know how she’s bad in every episode. I guess she just sucks 🙂

  39. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    Worst male actor Chris Tucker (in every rush hour movie & The Fifth Element). Jackie Chan is equally as bad, but I’ll cut him some slack because he isn’t acting in his “mother tongue.”

    @Quest, agree with the Paris Hilton nomination. Have you ever seen Repo! The Genetic Opera?
    not sure who the lead actress was but she was worse than Paris.

  40. Yasmine says:

    Oh no. With that “finding” Chuck Norris jokes (already listed in the thousands) have now reached new heights. Just wait for it…..

  41. AL says:

    She’s not that bad. Well, she certainly can’t carry a movie on her own a la Meryl Streep but “talent-wise” she’s in the same league as Aniston,Hudson and say Garner. [In Hollywood terms] there are still a lot more worst actresses behind.

  42. Deb says:

    Chuck Norris could just roundhouse kick the guys who created this article.

  43. Sue says:

    Quest I agree four way 1st place tie between Megan Fox, Paris Hilton, Tara Reid and Miley Cyrus.

  44. melikesit says:

    How is Paris Hilton not topping this list as the worst actress? I mean House of Wax?

    JLH is definitely not the worst actress around. Not great but she’s got some presence and charm. I think JLH’s issue is that she’s not really choosey and seems to take movie roles just to take them and doesn’t consider the overall quality of the project itself. There are some stinker actresses out there that are likely rated higher than she is just because they managed to sneak their way into a movie that was overall well reviewed despite their presence. And I think that factors in hugely as to why she ultimately “won” worst actress when there are definitely worse actresses than her out there.

  45. Shoe_Lover says:

    JLH is fine- I thought she did quite well on Ghost Whisperer and Heartbreakers. She’s never going to win an Oscar but she is not the worst actress in the world.

    I agree with the person who said Anna Paquin in any episode of True Blood. She is so badly miscast that I have to wonder how she got the part. I cant stand the way she spits out her words the majority of the time and how you can always tell when she isn’t really into a certain scene. Part of it is the writing but the majority is her.

  46. imabrat says:

    Nah. Her acting so horrible, her image so tainted, you guys all forgot about….
    Lindsay Lohan. Worst actress ever.

  47. serena says:

    Yeah they’re picking on her. You could say she’s exhaustive, dumb, pear-ass masochist, but there’s no way she’s the worst actress. She can act and she pulled a show for 5 seasons (I think), unlike a lot of other actors. Piss off at least in this.

  48. Sumodo1 says:

    Agree on JLH, I mean, Lifetime channel movies are her forte.

  49. DSMR says:

    I’ll add a few actors who are very limited (ie BAD) and throw in a few who are music industry crossovers that are even worse…

    Hayden Christensen
    Keanu Reeves
    Ashton Kutcher
    Jimmy Fallon
    Puff Daddy
    Brittney S.
    Miley C.
    Mark Walhberg
    Mariah Carey

  50. Adrien says:

    “Chuck Norris has never won an Academy Award for acting… because he’s not acting.”

  51. XIOnce says:

    I think Jennifer Aniston is worse, and what about Jessica Alba?? omg. They’re both terrible. Mainly Aniston, aside friends all other stuff she’s worked on has bombed.

  52. Kat says:

    She is pretty bad.

  53. Emily says:

    I’d agree with this. I can’t remember what it was called, but I saw one of her movies where she was supposed to be British, and her idea of a British accent was to just speak in a lower tone. It actually made a terrible movie quite funny.

  54. ZenB!tch says:

    I have to agree. JLH may be worse than THE ANISTON.

  55. harfang says:

    Despite my ongoing enjoyment of his red-carpet demeanor, I have to vote DeNiro for worst actor (in terms of film choices) over the last 10 years at least… possibly 15.

  56. Steve says:

    If John Ratzenberger is considered the greatest American actor using RT, I think it calls the methodology into question…

  57. Quest says:

    @MorticiansDoItDeader – OMG…you are right – that lead actress was horrible, I think her name is Alexa Vega

  58. Christie says:

    While I’m definitely no fan of JLH, I think they’re being unfair by including Sister Act 2. Jennifer’s role in that was minor and she had no affect on the movie being “rotten”.

  59. B says:

    @Hautie- Steven Seagal immediately leapt to my mind upon reading Chuck Norris! Sadly, I know someone who thinks he is an amazing actor. I’m dead serious. To quote them: “Steven Seagal is THE MAN!”

    I agree with others that Jennifer isn’t THAT bad. I liked her and Sigourney in “Heartbreakers”.

  60. Charlotte says:

    Some of you think that Aniston’s acting is worse than Paris Hilton’s? Miley Cyrus’s? KRISTEN STEWART’S? Really. I think some of you simply hate Aniston because of her past life. She’s not up there with the best, and her movies of late generally suck, but when she brings it she can do a movie good. She just needs to pick better projects. Critics actually liked her acting in “management” (never actually seen it, so I can’t give my two cents here), though the movie itself wasn’t a favorite, nor did it make any money. But her they liked. She picks all the wrong projects, imo.
    JLH? Uh. Yeah. I actually agree with RT on this one. She may not be the very worst, but she’s certainly no good at it.

  61. tvcon says:

    Olivia Munn is the worst actress in Hollywood

  62. The Dude says:

    JLH?!..the worst? not even close. please refer to Paris Hilton in “house of wax” or Mariah Carey in “glitter” or Tara Reid in..well, anything.

  63. Ella says:

    I think she’s at least twice as good an actress as Anniston.

  64. scubaan says: