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  • Summary: He's the best there is, in fact, he's the only one there is! He's Ace Ventura Pet Detective. Jim Carrey is on the case to find the Miami Dolphins' missing mascot and quarterback Dan Marino. He goes eyeball to eyeball with a man-eating shark, stakes out the Miami Dolphins and woos and wowsHe's the best there is, in fact, he's the only one there is! He's Ace Ventura Pet Detective. Jim Carrey is on the case to find the Miami Dolphins' missing mascot and quarterback Dan Marino. He goes eyeball to eyeball with a man-eating shark, stakes out the Miami Dolphins and woos and wows the ladies. Whether he's undercover, under fire or underwater, he always gets his man -- or beast. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
  1. 90
    A riot from start to finish, Carrey's first feature comedy is as cheerfully bawdy as it is idiotically inventive.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Willman
    80
    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]
  3. Treat this project as you would a safari: It has its slow parts but the wildlife makes it worthwhile.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Gaydos
    40
    Seemingly clueless as to how best to utilize Carrey, or make humorous hay out of its pet-loving shamus' central character, Ventura fails to place either Carrey or Ace in the winner's circle of memorable screen crazies.
  5. 38
    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.
  6. Manic energy is the term that comes most readily to mind when describing Ace Ventura.
  7. Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host-and, what's worse, his hyperbolically obnoxious shtick is the whole damned show.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. DanH
    Aug 15, 2008
    10
    Very funny and goofy movie. Not for snooty ppl i'm guessing by the critics reviews, lol. So many bad reviews, and 1 of the funniest well Very funny and goofy movie. Not for snooty ppl i'm guessing by the critics reviews, lol. So many bad reviews, and 1 of the funniest well known comedy movies to date. Crazy! Expand
  2. May 10, 2014
    10
    Ace Ventura is a funny classic and a bit pain in the ass ." Jim Carrey gives us a performance of annoying , Hilarious and a jackass in allAce Ventura is a funny classic and a bit pain in the ass ." Jim Carrey gives us a performance of annoying , Hilarious and a jackass in all his movies" . Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2012
    10
    It takes a lot of guts to stick to a role like the one Jim Carrey played in this movie, it would have destroyed most actors careers. He is theIt takes a lot of guts to stick to a role like the one Jim Carrey played in this movie, it would have destroyed most actors careers. He is the only one that could have made this movie a success. Because without Jim Carrey, this movie would have been really bad. Expand
  4. JamieB.
    Feb 1, 2006
    9
    Surprisingly enjoyable, either in spite of or because of it's goofiness. Jim Carrey never showed less effort in a performance. If you Surprisingly enjoyable, either in spite of or because of it's goofiness. Jim Carrey never showed less effort in a performance. If you think that's a good thing, then you might like this movie. Expand
  5. Oct 20, 2013
    7
    This was one of Jim Carrey's first, if not first film. Ace Ventura hit the big screens in 1994, and showed what a comedic powerhouse JimThis was one of Jim Carrey's first, if not first film. Ace Ventura hit the big screens in 1994, and showed what a comedic powerhouse Jim Carrey is. This film showed a new style of humor that emanated from young Jim Carrey. This film revolves around pet detective, Jim Carrey, tracking down a dolphin thief by using a jewel from a world championship ring to provide him with a list if possible suspects, football players. During the film, there are many memorable and iconic scenes that continue to make me laugh to this day. The facial expressions from Carrey in this movie are priceless, and all in all it is a great feel-good film. This films remains to be a classic Jim Carrey film, along with Dumb and Dumber. Fun to watch with the family. 7/10. Expand
  6. Feb 14, 2012
    7
    Ace Ventura shows off just how funny Jim Carrey really is, Imagine Ace Ventura without him, it would suck. One of my favorite Jim CarreyAce Ventura shows off just how funny Jim Carrey really is, Imagine Ace Ventura without him, it would suck. One of my favorite Jim Carrey movies ever. Finkel is Einhorn! haha Expand
  7. j30
    Jan 26, 2012
    2
    I can't think of a more annoying protagonist than Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura. The story is just one big headache and anxiety attack after another.

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