The Usual Suspects Reviews

  • Dense with plot intricacies, thick with atmosphere, and packed with showy roles for a hip ensemble, The Usual Suspects is fun to watch -- a celebration of cool actors having a good time playing sweaty and devious lowlifes.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • This movie finally isn't anything more than an intricate feat of gamesmanship, but it's still quite something to see.

    Janet Maslin — New York Times

  • Director Bryan Singer gives his film enough surface flash to entertain future late-night cable possibilities.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • The twist at the end is a corker, but crucial questions remain unanswered. What's interesting, though, is how little this intrudes on our enjoyment.

    Hal Hinson — Washington Post

  • After following the beckoning twists and turns, you're left trapped and more than a little disappointed for getting in so deep.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • Once again, my comprehension began to slip, and finally I wrote down: 'To the degree that I do understand, I don't care.'

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • A terrific cast of exciting actors socks over this absorbingly complicated yarn that's been spun in seductively slick fashion by director Bryan Singer.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • After I first saw the film, I recommended it to people as an entertaining and commercial crime thriller; a standard story done very well. And then I saw it again. The movie is so much better the second time.

    Andy Spletzer — Film.com

  • Next to the steady diet of Hollywood formula, contrived plots and situations a regular moviegoer can spot a mile off, The Usual Suspects is something quite different: A movie that's smarter than you are.

    Sean Means — Film.com

  • Lots of fun and a very handsome, widescreen production by director Bryan Singer, who co-wrote the original script with once-and-future partner (and ex-private detective) Christopher McQuarrie.

    Tom Keogh — Film.com

  • The Usual Suspects is an accomplished synthesis of noir elements and, as such, is an entertaining entry to the genre.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • The Usual Suspects is the freshest, funniest and scariest crime thriller to come along since Pulp Fiction.

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

  • But like a tale from the Arabian Nights, told for the sheer pleasure of storytelling, this elegant puzzle not only enjoys showing off, it also has something to show.

    Kenneth Turan — Los Angeles Times

  • 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.

    Jack Kroll — Newsweek

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

    R. L. Shaffer — IGN DVD

  • 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]

    Peter Canavese — Groucho Reviews

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

    Dean Essner — Film4

  • Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie's tough-guy dialogue and Bryan Singer's crisp direction give the ensemble cast every opportunity to shine, and they do.

    Dean Essner — TV Guide's Movie Guide

  • Bryan Singer's poker face is worthless at best.

    Rob Humanick — Projection Booth

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