I think she's overrated. Ghost World seemed to cater on her ability to be just plain. No accomplishment. Lost in Translation was a move to push her to something better by making her physical appearance one of the main things driving the role but the lack of emotional interest in the role (boredom of life is boring in subject these days) and her inability to really convey feeling in the face like other actresses (Emma Thompson, Samantha Morton) really makes her just a welcome face for outcasted youth.
The garland of the trumpet was set afire, and then I saw the aperature of the dome open and a splendid arrow of fire shoot down through the tube of the trumpet and enter the lifeless body. The aperture then was closed again, and the trumpet, too, was put away.
-Johann Valentin Andreae, Die Chymische Hochzeit des Christian Rosencreutz, Strassburg, Zetzner, 1616, pp. 125-126