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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
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. Treat this project as you would a safari: It has its slow parts but the wildlife makes it worthwhile.
  3. 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]
  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: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Mar 2, 2011
    10
    Hysterical. I especially liked the "ballerina" scenes. Jim Carrey has idiot down to a science. He is as funny as Jerry Lewis, JackieHysterical. I especially liked the "ballerina" scenes. Jim Carrey has idiot down to a science. He is as funny as Jerry Lewis, Jackie Gleason, Dick Van Dyke and many other greats. Expand
  2. Jul 23, 2013
    10
    One of Jim Carey's best movies. You will find that a lot of the reviews are from haughty snobs who are looking for the next Citizens Kane.One of Jim Carey's best movies. You will find that a lot of the reviews are from haughty snobs who are looking for the next Citizens Kane. The movie was meant to target people in their teens. I first saw the movie when I was around 13 and of course at that age I found it hilarious. It introduced a unique comedy with a ton of one amazing one liners. 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. RD.
    Jan 25, 2007
    8
    Very funny movie. Carrey gives a great performance.
  6. May 9, 2013
    7
    I wish Ace had more time and freedom to spread his wings, the cast isn't very likable except Carrey himself and the plot bumbles in places...I wish Ace had more time and freedom to spread his wings, the cast isn't very likable except Carrey himself and the plot bumbles in places... But! the humor and originality of the character is what keeps this afloat. Like a shark or dolphin, Jim Carrey executes every moment with realism and hilarity, score seven for this pooch. A, Loo, Za! 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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