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Who Did Slate Name as the Worst Actress Since 1985?

0608_jlh_singleThe snarky statisticians over at online magazine Slate have named Jennifer Love Hewitt the worst actress since 1985. Action star Chuck Norris was named the worst actor.

The editors chose from 2,700 directors and actors who have made ten or more films in the last 26 years. Why did they choose 1985 as the cut-off? The explanation is rather lengthy, but basically defines their era for modern films.

Using Rotten Tomatoes' infamous "Tomatometer" rating system (where reviewers assign movies a numerical rating, with higher numbers being "fresh" and lower numbers being "rotten"), they calculated Love Hewitt as the worst actress. Her 18.9% overall rating comes from such "rotten" films as "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (7% rating), "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (7% rating), and both "Garfield" movies (15% and 11%, respectively).

The best actors? French actor Daniel Auteuil (86% overall rating) and Armenian-Canadian actress Arsinée Khanjian (84.7% overall rating). Haven't heard of them? Neither have we. The top American actors are John Ratzenberger (76.1% overall rating), thanks to the popular (and well-reviewed) Pixar films like "Up" and "The Incredibles," and Amy Madigan ("Gone Baby Gone" and "Field of Dreams").

The Slate study showed that actors tend to hover around a 50% rating throughout their careers, while directors actually go up. The highest-rated American director? Ethan Coen, with an 84.3% overall rating for films like "Fargo" and "True Grit." For more of the Slate study, click here.

To be fair, Love Hewitt recently ended a very long and successful run on "The Ghost Whisperer." She actually received a Golden Globe nomination this year for her role in the television special "The Client List," in which she portrayed a housewife-turned-hooker. She's also rumored to be replacing Mariska Hargety on "Law & Order: SVU," a critically acclaimed show.

In response to the study, Hewitt released a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “Clearly, I need to learn French and go to Paris to make some French films, since those seem to be the favorites of critics," the actress responded, referring to Auteuil's high rating. "And do they give trophies for this?”

Do you think Jennifer Love Hewitt is the worst actress since 1985? Or does another (here's looking at you, Jessica Alba and January Jones) deserve that "honor"? Sound off in the comments below!

Comments (26)

Amanda:  1330 days ago

She's definitely not the worst. Kristen Stewart is. Even though she hasn't been around for 25 years, she's the worst actress I've ever seen (that has been in more than one movie).

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brazenweep:  1330 days ago

I can't believe it, but I actually did recognize Arsinée Khanjian's name. She was in a great movie called "The Sweet Hereafter" that I love.

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candy:  1330 days ago

Who is making these decisions. One word for all of you... Twilight. that's all i have to say

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Musheerah:  1330 days ago

Cameron Diaz fits that bill perfectly

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just me:  1330 days ago

actually January Jones deserves that honor no kidding, watch her its hurtfull i mean she is the worst "actress" i`ve ever seen eveeer..

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Lyn:  1330 days ago

Jessica Alba hands down!!! Horrible!

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kris :  1330 days ago

I like JLH

Jessica Alba sucks !
Erica Cane sucks too lol

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don:  1330 days ago

megan fox = worst actress ever

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amazed:  1330 days ago

No, not Jennifer Love Hewitt!! Jessica Alba is way worse, and unfriendly!!

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Kat:  1330 days ago

Who came up with this stupidity...JLH had one of the highest rated shows (Ghost W)...I have seen so many actressess 50 times worse...ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Really? morons...

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t:  1330 days ago

jessica alba really sucks. remember her in 'never been kissed'???

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jennybean:  1330 days ago

jessica alba....

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Jennifer :  1330 days ago

Okay...2 things: How is JLH possibly going to replace Mariska Hartigay on SVU when she did such a memorable job as a victim in the episode "Behave?" No one whose seen the show in the last year would be able to find her believable after that, which leads me to point #2: I get that she did a lot of fluff in her day (anyone see her in House Arrest?) She portrayed a victim of stalking/multiple rapes with such conviction, that I was shocked when she wasn't up for some sort of Emmy/SAG award. She was incredible. Don't these people know who Heather Graham is?!

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makoto99:  1330 days ago

There have been quite a few people from the Law&Order series who came back after playing parts before. Diane Neal was originally a perp in an episode of SVU. Alfred Molina was also a pretty creepy rapist. Pretty sure the current captain on Criminal Intent was also a suspect in an episode.

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Linda:  1330 days ago

I think Jennifer Love Hewitt is very talented. I don't think the Ghost Whisperer program was the best means of demonstrating that, but she did make it entertaining and realistic. Her portrayal of Melinda Gordon was quite good.

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