The Usual Suspects Reviews

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
June 18, 2013
Singer, like Tarantino, is less into mining new film themes than in re-inventing old ones. And the way he does so shows full well that there is still a bit of life in the old mob movie yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Sky Movies
June 18, 2013
It stands up brilliantly to repeat viewing, to the extent that you may never fully solve the riddle. But don't let that put you off; it's the ultimate whodunit.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
June 18, 2013
It's a film that demands to be watched again and again -- this is good old-fashioned pulp fiction told in the slickest 1990s style.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 18, 2013
Give director Bryan Singer credit for providing a plot that is not resolved by an exchange of gunfire, but don't expect the movie's glib punchline to stay with you for very long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
June 18, 2013
An imaginative, entertaining crime mystery with plenty of nerve and vigor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Quentin Curtis
Independent
June 18, 2013
Metaphysical mumbo-jumbo? Of course -- but the thrill of The Usual Suspects is that, after years of movie demythologising, it re-mythologises the crime movie.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 18, 2013
If the pleasures of The Usual Suspects are the more superficial ones of ingenuity and style, those are abundantly available. The twists and turns of the plot are an awful lot of fun, while the ending is genuinely satisfying and surprising.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 18, 2013
The most attuned devotee of crime mystery will be hard-pressed to guess the outcome of this stylish thriller. It is riddled with machine-gun dialogue and kinky implications at every turn.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 18, 2013
In a season of fat blockbusters, a picture as brainy, bitter, and compact as this one comes as a shock and a treat.

Total Film
June 18, 2013
The then 27-year-old Bryan Singer eclipsed most other '90s crime movies with this brilliantly slippery, cerebral thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 18, 2013
It's a nerve-shredding suspense movie about corruption, a bravura actor's show full of deliciously twisted cops and robbers, and a complex riddle packed with unexpected turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
June 18, 2013
It may ultimately make sense; no one could tell without at least four or five viewings. What is totally commanding, however, is the level of ensemble acting [and] the adroitness of the storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
June 18, 2013
A little red herring is one thing. But don't smack me in the face with it, all right?
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Jack Kroll
Newsweek
January 18, 2013
For many true movie fiends, noir is the key American movie type, and the most fun when it's done right. The Usual Suspects is done right.
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
A masterpiece of the modern film noir genre, a terrific performance piece for everyone involved and an absolutely outstanding directorial effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 1, 2011
While it's fair to call The Usual Suspects a gimmick in search of a movie, one could say something similar of, say, an Agatha Christie mystery. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
March 28, 2011
Anything but usual, Singer's movie is pretty damn near untouchable. Next to this, most other crime films feel petty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 28, 2011
Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie's tough-guy dialogue and Bryan Singer's crisp direction give the ensemble cast every opportunity to shine, and they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2011
I didn't believe this story for a minute, even in movie terms -- though it's less offensive than a piece of junk like Apt Pupil, Singer's subsequent feature.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
February 27, 2010
Bryan Singer's poker face is worthless at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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