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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

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Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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When your dog, bird, or water-dwelling mammal disappears, who do you call? Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is a low-rent private eye who specializes in recovering lost animals, so when Snowflake, the Miami Dolphins' aquatic mascot, is kidnapped, team representative Melissa Robinson (Courtney Cox) puts Ace on the case. However, Snowflake isn't the only Miami Dolphin who has gone missing; several key members of the team also disappear, including quarterback Dan Marino (who plays himself), who is spirited

PG-13,

Action & Adventure, Comedy

Sep 11, 1997

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (28) | DVD (7)

Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (3)
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[Carrey's] comic language is made up of accent marks, not characters; instead of inhabiting a scene, he swallows it up and spits it out in manic doodles.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (2)
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Unlike famous bumbling sleuths such as Inspector Clouseau and Lt. Frank Drebin, there's no consistency to the "Ace" character, and the whole movie shifts in tone from social satire to sophomoric pranks and traditional copshow plotting.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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The most obnoxious case of masculine swagger since Andrew Dice Clay, with just a tad of Paul Lynde thrown in for spice, Jim Carrey defies you not to bolt for the exit.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Desperate stuff.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Only a child could love Mr. Carrey's character, but that may be the point. The movie has the metabolism, logic and attention span of a peevish 6-year-old.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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You let one-man shows do their act, and Carrey's entrance to Hollywood is still a fun ride.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Skip it unless you love Carrey's gross-out humor.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

Ace is not the typical movie goofball, smart aleck, or idiot savant; he's a genuine weirdo who happens to be stunningly competent at his job. The same can be said for the film's justly popular leading man.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Ace is not the typical movie goofball, smart aleck, or idiot savant; he's a genuine weirdo who happens to be stunningly competent at his job. The same can be said for the film's justly popular leading man.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The perfect platform for Carrey to showcase his physical comedy skills.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Neither terrible, boring nor soporific, just not very funny.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Carrey has no funny lines and no funny gags; what he's left with is acting silly, striking poses, and making faces at the camera.

September 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (7)
Movie Metropolis

An absolute torture test.

October 8, 2005 | Comments (5)
Fantastica Daily

Loose-limbed, rubber-mouthed and poodle-hyper, Carrey is the screen's next great clown.

August 12, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The comedy, which overall is rather silly with some very funny moments, introduces a new major comedian, Jim Carrey.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Jim Carrey's first hit is physical shtick all the way.

June 12, 2005

Guilty pleasure.

June 12, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

If you've seen the first minute, you've seen it all.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

More than sufficiently entertaining.

August 4, 2003
Needcoffee.com

Jim before he found his voice...

July 3, 2003

Audience Reviews for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

This was Jim Carrey's first official role and launched his brilliant career. He stars as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. "He's the best there is. Actually, he's the only one there is." The mascot of the Miami Dolphins "Snowflake the Dolphin" has been kidnapped. It is Ace's job to find this dolphin. He has help from Courney Cox (Arquette) and Sean Young who has a funny but sick story towards the end. There is also an appearance by legendary Miami Dolphin player Dan Marino (as himself). A hilarious film with wonderful slapstick and cuddly animals thrown in. The best part for me is seeing Ace being thrown about by a shark! Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls followed. Very good! 3 Stars 3-12-98
May 23, 2013
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Bruce Bruce

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LACES OUT! EINHORN *IS* FINKLE! FINKLE *IS* EINHORN! AAAAAAAA.......AAAAAAAA.......AAAAAAAA!
June 8, 2012
aliceinpunderland

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Well its entertaining i dont think its as funny as the second and these arent the best movies in the world, just silly light hearted movies to laugh at!
April 11, 2012
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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Eh
March 19, 2012
superclerk25

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    1. Ace Ventura: Be careful with that phone, lieutenant. In time, you could develop a tumor.
    – Submitted by Redwan A (5 months ago)
    1. Ace Ventura: If I'm not back in 5 minutes, just wait longer.
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. Neighbor: What do you want?
    2. Ace Ventura: HDS Sir! and how are you this afternoon? Alrighty then. I have a package for you.
    3. Neighbor: Sounds Broken.
    4. Ace Ventura: Most likely sir, I'll bet it was something nice though.
    – Submitted by Joe N (10 months ago)
    1. Lois Einhorn: Listen, Pet Dick. How would you like me to make your life a living hell?
    2. Ace Ventura: Well, I am not really ready for a relationship now, Lois. But thank you for asking.
    – Submitted by russell b (12 months ago)
    1. Ace Ventura: Excuse me. I'd like to ass you a few questions.
    – Submitted by Chris G (13 months ago)
    1. Melissa Robinson: Ace get out of the tank.
    2. Ace Ventura: I just can't do it captain, I DON'T HAVE THE POWERRR!
    – Submitted by Abubakar A (14 months ago)
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