Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A lurid pulp indictment of exploitation, opportunism, doctored intelligence, torture for profit, insatiable greed, and shady journalism."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"Ace in the Hole is badly weakened by a poorly constructed plot, which depends for its strength upon assumptions that are not only naive but absurd."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"One year after scandalizing Hollywood with his bilious classic Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder was up to his old tricks with Ace in the Hole, which did to journalism -- and to the average American -- what his previous picture had done to Tinseltown."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Quite possibly the most Billy Wilder-ey of all Wilder's films."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"As dark and cynical as Wilder gets, Ace also features one of Douglas' very best performance. Nobody is sympathetic and nobody is likeable. That's why it's so great."
‑ Dan Fienberg, Zap2it.com
"As a diatribe against all that is worst in human nature, it has moments dipped in pure vitriol."
‑ , Time Out New York
"By no means a great -- or even a particularly good -- movie, but its sustained nastiness shows a stunning disregard for box-office niceties."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A prophetic scald"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Not only did Wilder pillory the media in Ace in the Hole, he made monkeys out of everyone. Look at you, he said, you eat this drivel with both hands."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Douglas delivers desperation and a cynical rejection of humanity that is repulsive as it is mesmerizing."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"This 1951 film, about a cynical reporter who seizes on the plight of a man trapped in a mine shaft to promote his career, is cold, lurid, and fascinating, propelled by the same combination of moral outrage and sneaky admiration."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Over 60 years later, Ace in the Hole has lost none of its sharpness. The only thing that's hard to believe about the movie is that Wilder and his co-screenwriters could have been this far ahead of the curve in their criticism of the media."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Billy Wilder's take on human selfishness and callousness makes for one of the most angry and cynical films ever made."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Wilder's cynical film of fame-seeking journalists, corrupt politicians, media circus, and the masses' appetite for live tragedy (a man trapped in a cave)was ahead of its times."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cynical classic looks better (and truer) every year."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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