Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Reviews

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September 9, 2020
It's a one-man show that doesn't need to be toned down so much as its skits need to be better embellished and decorated.
May 1, 2020
The surprisingly enjoyable family comedy that catapulted Jim Carrey to fame and fortune as the most popular funnyman of the 1990s.
April 2, 2019
Your reaction to this fast and furious farce will largely depend on whether you find Carrey's distinctive style of extremely physical comedy -- often compared to that of Jerry Lewis -- stupidly hilarious or downright annoying.
April 2, 2019
Put a leash on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and call it a dog. This mangy comedy showcase for funnyman Jim Carrey trots through virtually every lowbrow laugh-getter imaginable, short of hiking its leg over a fire hydrant.
April 2, 2019
Playing a celebrated finder of missing mammals, [Carrey's] so over-energized from the start you keep thinking he'll wear out his welcome pronto; 90 minutes later his lunacy is still hard to take your eyes off.
April 2, 2019
Replete with rude noises, pathetic table manners and bathroom jokes that would discredit a second grader, Ace Ventura is an endeavor that all concerned should omit from their résumés.
April 2, 2019
Director Tom Shadyac's film belongs to Carrey. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective proves he is more than a TV sketch artist. Carrey's a comic find.
April 2, 2019
Ace Ventura, Pet Detective is probably the Citizen Kane of pet detective movies and 30 seconds after walking out, you won't remember anyone except Carrey. But in its relentlessly stupid way, it's very funny.
April 2, 2019
It's certainly uncouth, and occasionally offensive. But it's also brimming with energy, moderately inventive, and sometimes even funny.
May 2, 2017
...it's certainly not difficult to see why Carrey was almost immediately launched into superstardom after its 1994 release.
February 4, 2014
You let one-man shows do their act, and Carrey's entrance to Hollywood is still a fun ride.
January 1, 2011
Skip it unless you love Carrey's gross-out humor.
November 8, 2010
Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host.
November 8, 2010
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
[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
The only possible attraction is Carrey's gonzo star turn.
November 8, 2010
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
The perfect platform for Carrey to showcase his physical comedy skills.
November 8, 2010
Neither terrible, boring nor soporific, just not very funny.
November 8, 2010
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.
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