Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 8, 2010
Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Desperate stuff.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The comic momentum sputters long before the running time has elapsed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I found the movie a long, unfunny slog through an impenetrable plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Treat this project as you would a safari: It has its slow parts but the wildlife makes it worthwhile.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A riot from start to finish, Carrey's first feature comedy is as cheerfully bawdy as it is idiotically inventive.