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The Usual Suspects Reviews

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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Once again, my comprehension began to slip, and finally I wrote down: 'To the degree that I do understand, I don't care.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
After following the beckoning twists and turns, you're left trapped and more than a little disappointed for getting in so deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 2, 2002
The Usual Suspects has always kind of sat there, hoping that you'll love it for its twist ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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.
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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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The Usual Suspects is an accomplished synthesis of noir elements and, as such, is an entertaining entry to the genre.
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
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This is a film that looks good, and has good actors, but the writing is really the film's strongest point.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
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
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Nothing is what it seems in this layered, velvety movie (which was shot in handsome wide-screen format) -- the truth keeps shifting -- and nothing matters either.
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