Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) Reviews

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February 22, 2019
In a lesser movie, Tatum would share our sympathy for the pathetic man. Here, he's on a parabola in that direction but wants it to intersect with the moment of his own greatest fame.
August 29, 2014
Ace in the Hole is a revelation, as timely now as when it was made.
January 9, 2007
A lurid pulp indictment of exploitation, opportunism, doctored intelligence, torture for profit, insatiable greed, and shady journalism.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
As a diatribe against all that is worst in human nature, it has moments dipped in pure vitriol.
September 9, 2002
Ace in the Hole is badly weakened by a poorly constructed plot, which depends for its strength upon assumptions that are not only naive but absurd.
September 9, 2002
This 1951 film, about a cynical reporter who seizes on the plight of a man trapped in a mine shaft to promote his career, is cold, lurid, and fascinating, propelled by the same combination of moral outrage and sneaky admiration.
April 15, 2019
Ace in the Hole is as vicious and irreverent as classic Hollywood ever got, bowing to nobody in its righteous cynicism.
October 1, 2015
"One hell of a whip-smart entertainment, sardonic and sad and always with the wisecracks."
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.
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.
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