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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
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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 (UK)
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
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Jack Kroll
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
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

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
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
Mark Harris
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
The Usual Suspects expertly combines the complicated narrative structure of D.O.A. with the quirky, hard-boiled characters of Pickup on South Street.
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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
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