Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
A riot from start to finish, Carrey's first feature comedy is as cheerfully bawdy as it is idiotically inventive.
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Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Treat this project as you would a safari: It has its slow parts but the wildlife makes it worthwhile.
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Los Angeles Times

He's so over-energized from the start you keep thinking he'll wear out his welcome pronto; an hour and a half later, his lunacy is still hard to take your eyes off. [04Feb1994 Pg. F6]
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TV Guide

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective marks the ascendance of a new star in film farce, as Jim Carrey elevates this stupid, suprisingly shoddy picture into the comedy stratosphere, mainly thanks to his Gumby-like ability to contort his face and body in the most amazing ways.
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USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
While the rubber-limbed Carrey may not yet be in the hyper-manic league of Jerry Lewis or Robin Williams, his psychotic energy goes a long way to make this plot-anemic comedy palatable. [04Feb1994 Pg. 07.D]
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Neither terrible, boring nor soporific, just not very funny.
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By James Berardinelli
From the start, it's obvious that this is a vehicle for his comedy, and it mostly works -- for about ten to fifteen minutes. After that, Carrey's act gradually grows less humorous and more tiresome, and the laughter in the audience seems forced.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Manic energy is the term that comes most readily to mind when describing Ace Ventura.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I found the movie a long, unfunny slog through an impenetrable plot. Kids might like it.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host-and, what's worse, his hyperbolically obnoxious shtick is the whole damned show.
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37 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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