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The Usual Suspects Reviews

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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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Todd McCarthy
October 18, 2008
A terrific cast of exciting actors socks over this absorbingly complicated yarn that's been spun in seductively slick fashion by director Bryan Singer.
Emanuel Levy
September 1, 2006
Stylishly made but narratively hollow and dramatically derivative, Bryan Singer's neo-noir puzzle owes its existence to Tarantino.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 8, 2006
To many young film buffs, this is where film history begins and ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 7, 2006
McQuarrie's script is a scurrying lizard of a yarn, scaly, swift and difficult to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Singer creates a classy, thought-provoking mystery that is pleasingly old-fashioned and absolutely modern in the sly, slightly self-conscious play it makes with myth and methods of storytelling.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
If ever a movie got extra points for a strong, unexpected conclusion it's The Usual Suspects.
| Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 9, 2005
Not to be believed for a NYC second.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Medsker
July 23, 2005
No one is out of place or out of line here, and that is what makes the final payoff so sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
December 22, 2004
One of the most ingenious, unpredictable films in recent memory... and one of the biggest cheats.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
It's a real dazzler -- a neo-noir hybrid of a heist and a mystery film that sucks you into a dark world where nothing is what it seems.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
This movie finally isn't anything more than an intricate feat of gamesmanship, but it's still quite something to see.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 27, 2003
It is a complex story, but I found it fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Mckay
March 22, 2003
Fantastic ensemble crime thriller with the mystique of an underworld urban legend. A Breakout project for both Benecio Del Toro and Director Bryan Singer.
| Original Score: 5/5
Widgett Walls
February 9, 2003
What a cast, what a script, what a movie. We need some more of these.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Good, but...movies don't come more overrated.
| Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
November 22, 2002
Too predictable. Still enthralling enough to watch (at least twice).
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
The Usual Suspects loses some of its impact with subsequent viewings, but it remains a superior picture with much to enjoy beyond its unforgettable ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
In many ways, the viewers are the mark in this audacious con game... and its brilliance is all the more impressive for it.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 2, 2002
Intriguing well made crime drama with a nice twist in the end
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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