Owen Gleiberman
March 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young
director
Tom Shadyac
genre
Comedy

We gave it a F

As Ace Ventura, pet detective and postmodern doofus, Jim Carrey struts around in a Hawaiian shirt and Li’l Abner pompadour, flashes his big, creepy-preppy grin like a junior Richard Nixon on Jolt cola, and punches home every last one of his so-stupid-they-really- are- stupid lines. 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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