The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Critic Consensus: Expertly shot and edited, The Usual Suspects gives the audience a simple plot and then piles on layers of deceit, twists, and violence before pulling out the rug from underneath.
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Critic Reviews for The Usual Suspects
An imaginative, entertaining crime mystery with plenty of nerve and vigor.
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.
In a season of fat blockbusters, a picture as brainy, bitter, and compact as this one comes as a shock and a treat.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Usual Suspects
A film that needs to be viewed multiple times in order to fully appreciate, The Usual Suspects is unassumingly intelligent.
A clever scripted executed with a brilliant cast (including the cunning Kevin Spacey). The Usual Suspects keeps you guessing and on the thrilling edge with its layer-filled plot, direction and its deceitful twist that's still praised as one of the more surprising ones to this day. 4/5
A group of hardened career criminals find themselves in the same police line up and decide to use the opportunity to pull a lucrative heist, little knowing that their strings are being pulled by a notoriously ruthless underworld figure. Bryan Singer's debut was a beautifully crafted crime thriller taking a lot of cues from the classics of Film Noir such as the Killing and The Asphalt Jungle using an excellent ensemble cast and ingenious plotting to keep you guessing as the plot twists and turns like a writhing serpent trying to wriggle free your grasp. It's one of those films you wish you could see for the first time again and again but although it clearly suffers if you know the cunning twist in the tale, The Usual Suspects still has much to offer during repeat viewings. It may lack the weightier characterisation of the likes of Heat or L.A. Confidential, but it's still easily one of the best crime stories of recent years and I implore anyone who hasn't had the ending spoiled for them yet to watch it ASAP while you still can!
The Usual Suspects Quotes
|Roger "Verbal" Kint:||Are you trying to get a rise out of me, Agent Kujan?|
|Dave Kujan:||You're in the getting-fucked-by-us business.|
|Dean Keaton:||Do your friend a favor. Tell him to keep quiet.|
|Roger "Verbal" Kint:||"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."|
|Roger "Verbal" Kint:||The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.|
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