The Usual Suspects
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Near the end of The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey, in his Oscar-winning performance as crippled con man Roger "Verbal" Kint, says, "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." This may be the key line in this story; the farther along the movie goes, the more one realizes that not everything is quite what it seems, and what began as a conventional whodunit turns into something quite different. A massive explosion rips through a ship in a San Pedro, CA, harbor, leaving 27 men dead, the lone survivor horribly burned, and 91 million… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"An imaginative, entertaining crime mystery with plenty of nerve and vigor."
‑ Doug Thomas, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"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."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The then 27-year-old Bryan Singer eclipsed most other '90s crime movies with this brilliantly slippery, cerebral thriller."
‑ , Total Film
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"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
"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."
‑ , Sky Movies
"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."
‑ Quentin Curtis, Independent
"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."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"In a season of fat blockbusters, a picture as brainy, bitter, and compact as this one comes as a shock and a treat."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"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
"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."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"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."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A little red herring is one thing. But don't smack me in the face with it, all right?"
‑ Tom Gliatto, People Magazine
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