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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
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Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    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?
  2. 80
    Ace in the Hole is an acquired taste -- and an unforgettable one.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    100
    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.