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The Usual Suspects Reviews

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

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 Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington) | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 18, 2013

Sky Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies

June 18, 2013
David Parkinson
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

June 18, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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 Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 18, 2013
Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
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An imaginative, entertaining crime mystery with plenty of nerve and vigor.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 18, 2013
Quentin Curtis

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.

Full Review Source: Independent

June 18, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

June 18, 2013
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 18, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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In a season of fat blockbusters, a picture as brainy, bitter, and compact as this one comes as a shock and a treat.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

June 18, 2013

Total Film

The then 27-year-old Bryan Singer eclipsed most other '90s crime movies with this brilliantly slippery, cerebral thriller.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

June 18, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

June 18, 2013
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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 Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 18, 2013
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine

A little red herring is one thing. But don't smack me in the face with it, all right?

Full Review Source: People Magazine

June 18, 2013
Jack Kroll
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

January 18, 2013
R. L. Shaffer

A masterpiece of the modern film noir genre, a terrific performance piece for everyone involved and an absolutely outstanding directorial effort.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 9/10

January 29, 2012
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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 Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 1, 2011


Anything but usual, Singer's movie is pretty damn near untouchable. Next to this, most other crime films feel petty.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

March 28, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 28, 2011
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Bryan Singer's poker face is worthless at best.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: 1/4

February 27, 2010
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