Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
Watch On
  1. 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.
  2. Manic energy is the term that comes most readily to mind when describing Ace Ventura.
  3. 25
    I found the movie a long, unfunny slog through an impenetrable plot. Kids might like it.
  4. 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 while playing the title hero in this 1994 comic mystery.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    10
    In this smutty kiddie farce he's a clownish action toy, and he grows wearying, fast.
  6. Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host-and, what's worse, his hyperbolically obnoxious shtick is the whole damned show.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 134 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. JayH
    Feb 5, 2009
    4
    Way too inane, Jim Carrey's comic style is a matter of taste. There are some funny bits but too much of it is just stupid. Only for fans Way too inane, Jim Carrey's comic style is a matter of taste. There are some funny bits but too much of it is just stupid. Only for fans of the star. The sequel is better. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »