Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993)

When your dog, bird, or water-dwelling mammal disappears, who do you call? Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is a low-rent private eye who specializes in recovering lost animals, so when Snowflake, the Miami Dolphins' aquatic mascot, is… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: September 11, 1997
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jim Carrey's twitchy antics and gross-out humor are on full, bombastic display in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which is great news for fans of his particular brand of comedy but likely unsatisfying for anyone else.

Chris Willman
Los Angeles Times

Playing a celebrated finder of missing mammals, [Carrey's] so over-energized from the start you keep thinking he'll wear out his welcome pronto; 90 minutes later his lunacy is still hard to take your eyes off.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

The only possible attraction is Carrey's gonzo star turn.

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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

It's a one-man show that doesn't need to be toned down so much as its skits need to be better embellished and decorated.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host.

Steven Gaydos

Unlike famous bumbling sleuths such as Inspector Clouseau and Lt. Frank Drebin, there's no consistency to the "Ace" character, and the whole movie shifts in tone from social satire to sophomoric pranks and traditional copshow plotting.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

The surprisingly enjoyable family comedy that catapulted Jim Carrey to fame and fortune as the most popular funnyman of the 1990s.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

[Carrey's] comic language is made up of accent marks, not characters; instead of inhabiting a scene, he swallows it up and spits it out in manic doodles.

Julian Ketchum
Empire Magazine

Neither terrible, boring nor soporific, just not very funny.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

Put a leash on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and call it a dog. This mangy comedy showcase for funnyman Jim Carrey trots through virtually every lowbrow laugh-getter imaginable, short of hiking its leg over a fire hydrant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
This was Jim Carrey's first official role and launched his brilliant career. He stars as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. "He's the best there is.… More
Jason Spencer
Alice Shen
Cassie Hill
Jim Carrey ROX!!!!!!!!!!! (:
Film Crazy
Well its entertaining i dont think its as funny as the second and these arent the best movies in the world, just silly light hearted movies to laugh at!
Directors Cat
I simply cannot believe how people can't see how hilarious Ace Ventura: Pet Detective actually is. You cant help but notice Jim Carrey's enthusiasm… More