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The Usual Suspects (1995)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Taglines: In a world where nothing is what it seems you've got to look beyond...

Director: Bryan Singer

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie

Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, ...

Following a truck hijack in New York, five conmen are arrested and brought together for questioning. As none of them are guilty, they plan a revenge operation against the police. The operation goes well, but then the influence of a legendary mastermind criminal called Keyser Söze is felt. It becomes clear that each one of them has wronged Söze at some point and must pay back now. The payback job leaves 27 men dead in a boat explosion, but the real question arises now: Who actually is Keyser Söze?


A near-classic blend of mystery, personality, humor and terror, laced with one stunning shock after another. [18 August 1995, Friday, p.C]

100 | Todd McCarthy

The Usual Suspects is an ironic, bang-up thriller about the wages of crime. A terrific cast of exciting actors socks over this absorbingly complicated yarn that's been spun in a seductively slick fashion by director Bryan Singer.
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100 | G. Allen Johnson

This movie has everything but Humphrey Bogart, and I'm sure he's sorry he was unavailable.
Read More: San Francisco Examiner

90 | Jack Kroll

This one's done right. Here's an intelligent movie with no special effects. You have to pay close attention, to listen hard to its cross-fires of dialogue.
Read More: Newsweek

89 | Marjorie Baumgarten

A movie with style to burn, and, initially, that is this crime drama's most mesmerizing aspect.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

88 | Ann Hornaday

Dense, ironic and thoroughly engrossing caper melodrama.
Read More: Baltimore Sun

88 | James Berardinelli

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

The Usual Suspects filled me with a highly unusual urge - to be a true "reviewer," to rewind the projector and figure out this humdinger once and for all.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

85 | F. X. Feeney

Byrne is a stand-up poet the way some actors are stand-up comics. His innate depth prompts The Usual Suspects to transcend its own cleverness--and this is the movie's smartest, least predictable surprise.
Read More: Mr. Showbiz

80 | Hal Hinson

This thriller is like a game of life-and-death chess, with quick double-crosses and wild gambits.
Read More: Washington Post

80 | Kenneth Turan

The Usual Suspects is a maze that moviegoers will be happy to get lost in, a criminal roller coaster with twists so unsettling no choice exists but to hold on and go along for the ride.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

80 | Michael Sragow

For my money, The Usual Suspects was the pulp fiction of the '90s.
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75 | Lisa Schwarzbaum

Dense with plot intricacies, thick with atmosphere, and packed with showy roles for a hip ensemble.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

63 | Mike Clark

Look out for everything, and listen, too, because Suspects is one of the most densely plotted mysteries in memory.
Read More: USA Today

60 | Frank Lovece

Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie's tough-guy dialogue and Bryan Singer's crisp direction give the ensemble cast every opportunity to shine, and they do.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

50 | Mick LaSalle

Self-consciously bleak.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

50 | Desson Thomson

Nothing more than an over-designed lobster pot. After following the beckoning twists and turns, you're left trapped and more than a little disappointed for getting in so deep.
Read More: Washington Post

38 | Roger Ebert

To the degree that you will want to see this movie, it will be because of the surprise, and so I will say no more, except to say that the "solution," when it comes, solves little - unless there is really little to solve, which is also a possibility.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times