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Kristen Stewart Beloved in France; Named to 2018 Cannes Jury Despite String of Flops

Kristen Stewart is the only American named to the prestigious jury at the 2918 Cannes Film Festival. (Photo: Bang ShowBiz)

Kristen Stewart has been named to the Cannes Film Festival Jury, even though her films have nearly all been critical, if not commercial, flops, showing France’s love affair with the actress continues. The Jury will pick the winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor.

The 28-year-old actress is best known for her starring the “Twilight” vampire film series. All five films were panned by critics despite their commercial success.

But in France, Stewart is best known for her role in the 2014 drama “Clouds of Sils Maria.” She won a coveted Cesar Award, France’s equivalent of the Oscar, for best supporting actress. She’s the only American actress to win that award.

But she’s never even been nominated for an Oscar or Golden Globe.

The picture, which co-stars Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz was favorably reviewed at Cannes. It also earned Cesar nominations for Best Actress (Binoche), Best Original Screenplay (Olivier Assayas), Best Director (Assayas) and best film.

Ava DuVernay, Denis Villeneuve, Chang Chen, Robert Guediguian, Khadja Nin, Lea Seydoux and Andrey Zvyagintsev, round out the jury. It was announced today by festival organizers.

Seven nationalities and five continents are represented on the panel, comprised of more women than men for only the third time in history.

In “Twilight,” Stewart shot to international fame as Bella Swan, an awkward highschooler who falls in love with a local vampire, Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson.

The five-movie series, which began as a one-off indie movie, was wildly popular with young teen fans around the world and grossed more than a $1 billion worldwide. The last film “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2” was released in 2012.

Despite its popularity, critics hated the films. The never scored above a 50 rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews.

She’s starred or appeared in 35 films over the course of her career. Of those, 21 have been critically panned. Since Twilight, nine films have been panned and eight have won critical praise, including “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Still Alice” and “Camp X-Ray.”

Other winners include “Certain Women,” Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” “Personal Shopper” and “Lizzy.”

Juxtaposed against those are critical losers like “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” sci-fi drama “Equals,” “Anesthesia,” “American Ultra,” and “On the Road.”

Stewart’s age, she just 28, raises some eyebrows. She’s the youngest on the panel. French actress Seydoux is 32 and starred in a Palme D’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color.”

still, in the eyes of the French, Stewart is a major star. Then, again, so was Jerry Lewis.

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Kristen Stewart Filmography
RATING
TITLE
CREDIT BOX
YEAR
70%

Lizzie

Bridget Sullivan

2018
80%

Personal Shopper

Maureen Cartwright

$1.4M2017

45%

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Kathryn

$1.8M2016
92%

Certain Women

Elizabeth Travis

$1.1M2016
35%

Equals

Nia

2016
70%

Café Society

Vonnie

$11.1M2016
26%

Anesthesia

Sophie

$22.9k2016
43%

American Ultra

Phoebe

2015

89%

Clouds of Sils Maria

Valentine

2015
86%

Still Alice

Lydia Howland

2015
75%

Camp X-Ray

Cole

$10.3k2014

44%

On the Road

Marylou/LuAnne Henderson

$0.7M2012

48%

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Bella Swan

$292.3M2012

48%

Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White

$155.1M2012
No Score Snow White and the Huntsman (Extended Version)

Snow White

2012

25%

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Bella Swan

$281.3M2011
No Score Twilight Saga Double Feature: New Moon And Eclipse

    Bella Swan

2011

54%

Welcome to the Rileys

Mallory

$0.2M2010

49%

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Bella Swan

$300.6M2010
No Score Twilight Trilogy

Bella Swan

2010

69%

The Runaways

Joan Jett

$3.6M2010

67%

The Yellow Handkerchief

Martine

$0.3M2010

28%

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Bella Swan

$296.6M2009

88%

Adventureland

Em Lewin

$15.9M2009

49%

Twilight

Bella Swan

$191.5M2008

16%

Jumper

Sophie

$80.1M2008

51%

What Just Happened?

Zoe

$1.1M2008

82%

Into the Wild

Tracy

$18.2M2007

64%

The Cake Eaters

Georgia

2007

43%

In the Land of Women

Lucy Hardwicke

$11.1M2007

12%

The Messengers

Jess

$35.4M2007

75%

Zathura

Lisa

$28.1M2005

24%

Fierce People

Maya

2005

55%

Undertow

Lila

2004

12%

Catch That Kid

Maddy

$16.6M2004
No Score Speak

Melinda Sordino

2004

12%

Cold Creek Manor

Kristen Tilson

2003

75%

Panic Room

Sarah Altman

$95.4M2002

50%

The Safety of Objects

Sam Jennings

$86.8k2001
Source: Rottentomatoes
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