Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. It's dark, funny, ferocious, and vintage Wilder all the way.
  2. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    So ham-handed and relentlessly overbaked that it is easy to see why audiences initially stayed away from it. Just when and how did anyone come to see this as a classic?
  3. 80
    Ace in the Hole is an acquired taste -- and an unforgettable one.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    A searing example of writer-director Billy Wilder at his most brilliantly misanthropic. An uncompromising portrait of human nature at its worst, the film was so far ahead of its time in its depiction of a media circus and the public's appetite for tragedy that it was a commercial disaster when first released, but now stands as one of the great American films of the 1950s.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Billy Wilder's direction captures the feel of morbid expectancy that always comes out in the curious that flock to scenes of tragedy.
  6. 50
    Ace in the Hole is a movie about the fascination of disaster that is itself a fascinating disaster.

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