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Based on 14 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    While the rubber-limbed Carrey may not yet be in the hyper-manic league of Jerry Lewis or Robin Williams, his psychotic energy goes a long way to make this plot-anemic comedy palatable. [04Feb1994 Pg. 07.D] show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective marks the ascendance of a new star in film farce, as Jim Carrey elevates this stupid, suprisingly shoddy picture into the comedy stratosphere, mainly thanks to his Gumby-like ability to contort his face and body in the most amazing ways. show more

  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    From the start, it's obvious that this is a vehicle for his comedy, and it mostly works -- for about ten to fifteen minutes. After that, Carrey's act gradually grows less humorous and more tiresome, and the laughter in the audience seems forced. show more

  • 25
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I found the movie a long, unfunny slog through an impenetrable plot. Kids might like it. show more

  • 40

    Neither terrible, boring nor soporific, just not very funny. show more

  • 30
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Manic energy is the term that comes most readily to mind when describing Ace Ventura. show more

  • NA
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host-and, what's worse, his hyperbolically obnoxious shtick is the whole damned show. show more

  • 90
    Rita Kempley Washington Post

    A riot from start to finish, Carrey's first feature comedy is as cheerfully bawdy as it is idiotically inventive. show more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times

    He's so over-energized from the start you keep thinking he'll wear out his welcome pronto; an hour and a half later, his lunacy is still hard to take your eyes off. [04Feb1994 Pg. F6] show more

  • 80
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

    Treat this project as you would a safari: It has its slow parts but the wildlife makes it worthwhile. show more

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