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Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
October 1, 2015
"One hell of a whip-smart entertainment, sardonic and sad and always with the wisecracks."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
September 8, 2014
Billy Wilder followed up Sunset Boulevard with this biting tale which cast a skeptical eye on the media and feels just as apropos in our age of 24-hour news.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 29, 2014
Ace in the Hole is a revelation, as timely now as when it was made.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 27, 2014
It's the most scabrous, uncompromised work from Billy Wilder, who never made a movie that wasn't kind of an asshole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Melin
July 10, 2014
Over 60 years later, Ace in the Hole has lost none of its sharpness. The only thing that's hard to believe about the movie is that Wilder and his co-screenwriters could have been this far ahead of the curve in their criticism of the media.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 13, 2014
One year after scandalizing Hollywood with his bilious classic Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder was up to his old tricks with Ace in the Hole, which did to journalism -- and to the average American -- what his previous picture had done to Tinseltown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
A prophetic scald
Mark R. Leeper
October 7, 2008
Billy Wilder's take on human selfishness and callousness makes for one of the most angry and cynical films ever made.
Full Review| Original Score: 9/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
Quite possibly the most Billy Wilder-ey of all Wilder's films.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Neil Cohen
Echo Magazine
July 29, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
July 5, 2007
Not only did Wilder pillory the media in Ace in the Hole, he made monkeys out of everyone. Look at you, he said, you eat this drivel with both hands.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
January 9, 2007
A lurid pulp indictment of exploitation, opportunism, doctored intelligence, torture for profit, insatiable greed, and shady journalism.
Emanuel Levy
August 5, 2006
Wilder's cynical film of fame-seeking journalists, corrupt politicians, media circus, and the masses' appetite for live tragedy (a man trapped in a cave)was ahead of its times.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
As a diatribe against all that is worst in human nature, it has moments dipped in pure vitriol.
Dan Fienberg
September 28, 2005
As dark and cynical as Wilder gets, Ace also features one of Douglas' very best performance. Nobody is sympathetic and nobody is likeable. That's why it's so great.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
August 27, 2005
Douglas delivers desperation and a cynical rejection of humanity that is repulsive as it is mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
June 3, 2005
Cynical classic looks better (and truer) every year.
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
November 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 20, 2004
Thoroughly cynical film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
June 23, 2004
Douglas is wonderfully slimy as a scheming reporter in one of Wilder's most accomplished films.
| Original Score: 5/5
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June 9, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Richard Armstrong
Senses of Cinema
November 6, 2003
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