Ace Ventura: Pet Detective


Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Critics 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.



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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 kidnapped, team representative Melissa Robinson (Courtney Cox) puts Ace on the case. However, Snowflake isn't the only Miami Dolphin who has gone missing; several key members of the team also disappear, including quarterback Dan Marino (who plays himself), who is spirited away while filming a TV commercial. With the Super Bowl only two weeks away, will Ace be able to find Snowflake and the missing athletes in time to salvage the big game? Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was a surprise box office smash and catapulted manic comedian Jim Carrey to stardom. The supporting cast includes Sean Young as ill-tempered Lois Einhorn, Udo Kier as the sinister Ronald Camp, and rapper Tone Loc as Ace's detective pal Emilio (Loc also wrote and performed a song for the closing credits). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Jim Carrey
as Ace Ventura
Courteney Cox
as Melissa Robinson
Sean Young
as Lt. Lois Einhorn
Dan Marino
as Himself
Tone Loc
as Emilio
Noble Willingham
as Don Riddle
Troy Evans
as Roger Podacter
Raynor Scheine
as Woodstock
Udo Kier
as Ronald Camp
Bill Zuckert
as Mr. Finkle
Alice Drummond
as Mrs. Finkle
Rebecca Ferratti
as Sexy Woman
Mark Margolis
as Shickadance
Gary Munch
as Director
Terry Miller
as Assistant Director
Antoni Corone
as Reporter
Margo Peace
as Reporter
John Archie
as Reporter
Tom Wahl
as Reporter
Chaz Mena
as Another Cop
Manuel L. Garcia
as Dolphin Trainer
Don Shula
as Himself
Kim Bokamper
as Himself
Jeff Cross
as Himself
Chris Barnes
as Thrasher Band Member - `Cannibal Corpses'
Alex Webster
as Thrasher Band Member - `Cannibal Corpses'
Paul Mazurkiewicz Jr.
as Thrasher Band Member - `Cannibal Corpses'
Jack Owen
as Thrasher Band Member - `Cannibal Corpses'
Robert Barrett
as Thrasher Band Member - `Cannibal Corpses'
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Critic Reviews for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (31)

  • 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.

    Apr 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host.

    Nov 8, 2010 | Rating: F | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Nov 8, 2010
  • The only possible attraction is Carrey's gonzo star turn.

    Nov 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 8, 2010 | Full Review…

    Steven Gaydos

    Top Critic
  • The most obnoxious case of masculine swagger since Andrew Dice Clay, with just a tad of Paul Lynde thrown in for spice, Jim Carrey defies you not to bolt for the exit.

    Nov 8, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

  • Jun 10, 2019
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is quintessential 1990s Jim Carrey at work. The over-the-top antics & physicality of the film may not be for all but it's undeniable how effective it became in epitomizing its dynamic comedian to super-stardom. 3.6/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2016
    This movie stars Jim Carrey in the titular role as a private investigator who is hired to find missing pets. When a simple pet case becomes a bigger conspiracy, Ace only has a few short weeks to solve the mystery before the big Superbowl. This movie holds a special place in a lot of people my age's hearts because they grew up with it, loving Carrey's over-the-top performance. I never saw this movie as a kid. Instead of Ace Ventura, my Jim Carrey memories include Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty. Honestly, this movie doesn't do it for me. Jim Carrey has made a career of overacting, and, while this isn't as bad as The Mask, it isn't anything to write home about. The premise is innocent enough, but the sexual jokes just didn't do anything for me save for the climactic crime-solving scene. I will say that it's a harmless family movie that audiences will enjoy if only for nostalgia's sake, but if you haven't seen either Ace Ventura movie, you aren't really missing much. Side note: I love seeing real celebrities play fictional versions of themselves, and Dan Marino in this movie is just fun.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is classic Jim Carrey. Harmless and enjoyable fun.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2011
    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 that brought this hilarous character to life. Ace Ventura is filled with hilarious moments and surreal storytelling that make this film a comedy classic. It's funny and it's well amde and you have to credit Jim Carrey because if it wasn't for his enthusiasm this film might not have even become a cult classic.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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