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Universal acclaim- based on 150 Ratings

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  • Summary: Two stupid guys, Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) decide to drive across country from Providence, Rhode Island to Aspen, Colorado to return a briefcase left in the airport by Mary Swanson (Holly), the object of Lloyd's affection.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. This wacky buddy road film... has a brilliant glow of intelligence behind the stupidness. It's easily the funniest movie of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    70
    A flat-out celebration of stupidity, bodily functions and pratfalls. Yet the wholeheartedness of this descent into crude and rude humor is so good-natured and precise that it's hard not to partake in the guilty pleasures of the exercise.
  3. There are limits to how much comic irony can be wrung out of the sight of two grown men acting like complete cretins.
  4. A few of the bad-taste gags are funny, and Carrey's grimaces have a certain inspired delirium, but this is a long way from the social comedy of Jerry Lewis.
  5. Maybe it's indicative of my end-of-the-year brain-fry, but this dopey comedy about two of the dumbest guys in the universe on a road trip to misadventure is a hoot.
  6. A movie that knows much better than to try to make sense. It is essentially a strung-together series of gags, most of them thought up by Lloyd, an inveterate practical joker.
  7. 10
    An abominable, abdominal comedy. Aside from its tastelessness and dawdling pace, the movie’s chief problem is the lackluster chemistry between leading lummoxes Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 63
  2. Negative: 3 out of 63
  1. Jul 10, 2012
    10
    A comedic masterpiece. Always puts a smile on my face no matter how many times I've watched it or no matter how many years since its original debut. A timeless classic. Expand
  2. Dec 6, 2013
    10
    The funniest movie of all time!!! Jim carrey at his best! There is no better comedic duo.. i went to the theater w my dad when i was abt 13 years and it was just rib cracking fun! We laughed so hard we were in tears leaving the movie theater Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2011
    10
    Why does it get a 39 Metascore? This is hilarious! I'm glad these users are exposing the truth, by getting it a rating of "universal acclaim". In your face critics! This movie was hilarious, clever, and stupid. A must see for all Carey fans and anybody else really. Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2010
    9
    yes its stupid and yes its dumb like its title implies but its funny as hell. i laughed my ass off waching this movie. carey and danials do a bang up job as 2 dumb hapless idiots who find themselves on a adventure to return a womens briefcase. the comedy in this little adventure had me rolling on the floor. what i cant understand is ive wached this with some people who where laughing harder then i was to the point they where in tears . then wana stop waching it because they say its to stupid... that just doesnt make sense to me . you are laughing who cares how dumb it is . its doing it job. i see a comedy for only one reason thats to laugh i dont care about any thing els. Expand
  5. Jul 28, 2013
    8
    Dumb and Dumber revels in its juvenile and crude behaviour, it's the sort of film I sometimes feel ashamed to call side-splitting and brilliant, not from start to finish but it's various moments where it is utterly impossible not to roll over on tears of laughter for the stupidity you are seeing.
    Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels participate in the film that arguably kick started both their careers, they share a convincing comedic presence on screen, with a script that paints them as utter morons, thinking an Austrian accent qualifies to rhyme of a "G'day mate." Or that Aspen is in California. These one-lined treasures rely on the timing of the actors, and they are timed with perfect precision. They take a road trip out of love and I'm turn get mixed up with some unsavoury people.
    They take the trip to return a briefcase to Aspen where Lloyd's brief rendezvous with a rich woman has him head over heels.Their misadventures are the selling point of the film, taking wrong turns, having toilet relations and fooling blind children, the humour is ridiculous, but one can't help but laugh uncontrollably.
    Jim Carrey brings to life the character of Lloyd, whose unorthodox personality and 'witty' ideas lead the film, while Jeff Daniels has his own moments, it's Carrey who steals the show. The stupidity can at times seem like a cover for an underlying sparkle of wit, purposely leaving it to the star power to make it good. One such case is a particular toilet scene, while flatulence can be no laughing matter, the scene relies on the facial expressions of Daniels, who does it with the upmost hilarity.
    The characters they play paint a picture of buddies who never seem to take anything seriously, even at gunpoint, their quips and arrogance of situations make the film what it is.
    The premise is simple and easy to follow, buts the performances and writing that push the envelope and make this a comedy that is hard to forget, it could be the era in which it came out or perhaps the talent involved, at almost 20 years old, the film still stands among viewers as one of the funniest to come along, with a sequel always sought after. Its the audience who speak, and this is one of those comedies that just works.
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  6. Oct 9, 2011
    8
    It obviously wasn't destined to win an Oscar or anything like that but it's just so funny you can't help but laugh your head off.
  7. Feb 6, 2012
    6
    This is a really funny movie with great actors but it doesn't hit my type of humor exactly and only because of that i point it not higher then 6 points. Expand

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