Anne Hathaway: love her or hate her?

February 27, 2013, 7:00 PM GMT+0

Anne Hathaway is one of Hollywood's biggest stars. And she might also be its most hated.

As a new Salon article describes, she "is the subject of more vituperative, angry scrutiny than perhaps any actress working today," a fact that no one can seem to explain.

Salon examines a number of arguments put forth by the "Hathahaters": She's too annoyingly perfect; too faux gracious and humble; she always seems to be acting; she continues to be, after all these years, too wide-eyed, too good to be true.

The article also airs opinions put forth by a range of experts. It might be unconscious. “Deep down, we loathe celebrities,” says David Thomson, film critic and author. It might be a double standard. “People are rougher on young female stars than they are on young male stars,” says Hollywood reporter Howard Karren. It might even be her face. “When times are good we prefer actresses with rounder faces,” says psychology professor Terry Pettijohn. Hathaway, he describes, "has a 'mature face' made distinctive by its slender shape and bone structure."

What ever the reason, one thing is certain. With her career only getting bigger, the haters are here to stay.

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