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The feature received poor reviews, with most criticism aimed at the movie's "blatant commercialism", as characterized by Peter Travers.In that same year, Carrey reprised his role as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.Carrey first gained recognition in America in 1990 after landing a recurring role in the sketch comedy television series In Living Color.His first leading roles in major productions came with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994), The Mask (1994), and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), as well as a supporting role in Batman Forever (1995) and a lead role in Liar Liar (1997).Carrey was not selected for the position, although he later hosted the show in May 1996, January 2011, and October 2014.In 1995, Carrey co-starred in the Joel Schumacher-directed superhero film Batman Forever, in which Batman tries to stop Two-Face and the Riddler (played by Carrey) in their villainous scheme to drain information from all the brains in Gotham City.He gained critical acclaim starring in serious roles in The Truman Show (1998) and Man on the Moon (1999), with each garnering him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Popper's Penguins (2011) and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013).In the 2000s, he gained further popularity for his portrayal of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and for the comedy Me, Myself & Irene (both in 2000), as well as Bruce Almighty (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Yes Man (2008), Horton Hears a Who! In 2013, he appeared in Kick-Ass 2 as Colonel Stars and Stripes.
The film received mixed reviews upon release In 2004, Carrey starred in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.The role was a departure from the "hapless, hyper, overconfident" characters he had been known for.However, it did not fare well with most critics, many reacting to Carrey's change of tone from previous films.Carrey earned million for his next film, The Cable Guy (1996).Directed by Ben Stiller, the film was a satirical black comedy, in which Carrey played a lonely, menacing cable TV installer who infiltrates the life of one of his customers (played by Matthew Broderick).Carrey was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who signed the young comic to open his tour performances.Dangerfield eventually brought Carrey to Las Vegas.That same year, Carrey appeared as a fictionalized version of himself on the final episode of Garry Shandling's The Larry Sanders Show, in which he deliberately ripped into Shandling's character.In 1999, Carrey had the lead role in Man on the Moon.In a short period of time, he went from open-mic nights to regular paid shows, building his reputation in the process.A reviewer in the Toronto Star raved that Carrey was "a genuine star coming to life".