The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects (1995)

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."… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 16, 1995
DVD Release Date: December 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Expertly shot and edited, The Usual Suspects gives the audience a simple plot and then piles on layers of deceit, twists, and violence before pulling out the rug from underneath.

Doug Thomas
Seattle Times

An imaginative, entertaining crime mystery with plenty of nerve and vigor.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Jack Kroll

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.

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Sky Cinema

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.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

In a season of fat blockbusters, a picture as brainy, bitter, and compact as this one comes as a shock and a treat.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
A film that needs to be viewed multiple times in order to fully appreciate, The Usual Suspects is unassumingly intelligent.
Mike S
Skeletal budget. Classy realization. To conceive that as little as six million dollars went into the making of this film - that's 2% of the production… More
Eugene Bernabe
A clever scripted executed with a brilliant cast (including the cunning Kevin Spacey). The Usual Suspects keeps you guessing and on the thrilling edge with its… More
Kevin M. Williams
Part caper film, part character goof off (ala Ocean's Eleven), part ghost story, I simply enjoy watching this again and again. The cast makes the rest of… More
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