Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

When Ace Ventura: Pet Detective came out in 1994, Jim Carrey already had a ten-year film career behind him, as well as four years starring in the Fox TV series In Living Color.

Here’s what prominent film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert had to say about Carrey’s contribution as star and co-writer:

… appallingly bad movie … Jim Carrey is so obnoxious … so obnoxious … shockingly bad.

In a roundtable discussion recorded years later, Carrey talks about how he felt when he read their review, three days before the movie’s release. It’s as you’d expect - disappointment, uncertainty.

But he goes on to explain how just a few years later, both critics recanted their initial review and recorded a special episode of their show paying tribute to Carrey.

An episode with quotes like this:

[His movies] are all hits!

… he has perfect verbal comic timing …

… I am a little bit humbled since that first review.

This turnabout didn’t come as a result of any change on the actor’s part. Jim Carrey kept being obnoxious, in movies like The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. He even made a sequel to Ace Ventura.

He just … kept going.

And along the way, he found a huge audience, made millions of people laugh, and eventually wore down even his harshest critics.