Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) Reviews

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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.
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.
May 13, 2014
As relevant and daring as ever, Ace in the Hole is Billy Wilder's definitive expression of his master theme of vice as the most reliable and trustworthy gauge of reality.
August 28, 2009
A prophetic scald
October 7, 2008
Billy Wilder's take on human selfishness and callousness makes for one of the most angry and cynical films ever made.
September 12, 2007
Quite possibly the most Billy Wilder-ey of all Wilder's films.
August 21, 2007
Like all great Hollywood classics, Ace in the Hole reverberates with an energy that expertly compliments its material, rendering even the most ordinary sequences visceral and dramatically intriguing.
August 18, 2007
one of the sharpest and smartest, not to mention cruelest, skewerings of journalism, American culture, and the base human desire to exploit tragedy ever committed to film
July 29, 2007
July 18, 2007
Billy Wilder is the American cinema's most famous cynic, but nothing in his career is as scathing as his indictment of the American media circus...
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