Re: Anne Hathaway vs Michelle Pfeiffer
BatLobster, I don't think anyone is willing themselves to disbelieve the veracity of Michelle's words: it is just that they are merely what professional protocol demands. They might be genuinely meant, or not. There is no way to know. It would be a huge deal if she had said of Hathaway, "no range, no class, no charisma", because that just isn't what's done.
This is why Nicholson's bizarre comments about Heath Ledger were so troubling.
All this means is that Michelle's words, in this context, are meaningless. It doesn't mean that they are wrong per se.