100

TV Guide

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.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's dark, funny, ferocious, and vintage Wilder all the way.
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80

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Ace in the Hole is an acquired taste -- and an unforgettable one.
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80

Variety

Billy Wilder's direction captures the feel of morbid expectancy that always comes out in the curious that flock to scenes of tragedy.
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50

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Ace in the Hole is a movie about the fascination of disaster that is itself a fascinating disaster.
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40

Film Threat

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?
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.