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A searing example of writer-director Billy Wilder at his most brilliantly misanthropic. An uncompromising portrait of human nature at its worst, the film was so far ahead of its time in its depiction of a media circus and the public's appetite for tragedy that it was a commercial disaster when first released, but now stands as one of the great American films of the 1950s.
It's dark, funny, ferocious, and vintage Wilder all the way.
The New York Times
Ace in the Hole is an acquired taste -- and an unforgettable one.
Billy Wilder's direction captures the feel of morbid expectancy that always comes out in the curious that flock to scenes of tragedy.
Village Voice
Ace in the Hole is a movie about the fascination of disaster that is itself a fascinating disaster.
Film Threat
So ham-handed and relentlessly overbaked that it is easy to see why audiences initially stayed away from it. Just when and how did anyone come to see this as a classic?

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