Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 38
    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.
  2. 88
    The Usual Suspects is an accomplished synthesis of noir elements and, as such, is an entertaining entry to the genre.
  3. Dense with plot intricacies, thick with atmosphere, and packed with showy roles for a hip ensemble.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A movie with style to burn, and, initially, that is this crime drama's most mesmerizing aspect.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    100
    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 88
    Dense, ironic and thoroughly engrossing caper melodrama.
  10. A near-classic blend of mystery, personality, humor and terror, laced with one stunning shock after another. [18 August 1995, Friday, p.C]
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Look out for everything, and listen, too, because Suspects is one of the most densely plotted mysteries in memory.
  12. Goes straight to cult status without quite touching one important base: the audience's emotions. This movie finally isn't anything move than an intricate feat of gamesmanship, but it's still quite something to see. [16 August 1995, p. C15]
  13. 85
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    70
    Snappy heist film that keeps changing the rules of a mystery so that one is never sure whose hands are at the controls.
  15. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    Something quite different: A movie that's smarter than you are.
  16. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    60
    Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie's tough-guy dialogue and Bryan Singer's crisp direction give the ensemble cast every opportunity to shine, and they do.
  17. This movie has everything but Humphrey Bogart, and I'm sure he's sorry he was unavailable.
  18. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    90
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    80
    For my money, The Usual Suspects was the pulp fiction of the '90s.
  20. Reviewed by: Andy Spletzer
    80
    I liked this film better the second time around.
  21. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    80
    This thriller is like a game of life-and-death chess, with quick double-crosses and wild gambits.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 254 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 68
  2. Negative: 1 out of 68
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    8
    "The Usual Suspects" has a misleading storyline with limited settings applied throughout the movie. However, it is Brian Singer's clever"The Usual Suspects" has a misleading storyline with limited settings applied throughout the movie. However, it is Brian Singer's clever direction associated with a two-face performance by Kevin Spacey that made the Climax of the movie possible. Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2013
    10
    I really don't know where to start from. It's obviously one of the best films ever made and one of my favorites and it has like the very bestI really don't know where to start from. It's obviously one of the best films ever made and one of my favorites and it has like the very best twist I have seen in my life and I have seen a lot of films with great twists. The twist is even better than Prestige's one. At the beginning the film is a little overcomplicated but when you start realizing what is happening you will not want to pause that film for any reason. It has action and suspense. It has everything that a film like that should have. It has great actors and an excellent storyline. The whole movie is interesting. I don't know what else to say just watch that movie and you will understand my words... It's a perfect masterpiece! Full Review »
  3. Oct 31, 2013
    8
    Does not waste any time at all. Every minute is utilized to set up suspense and action. And when we reach the climax, everything suddenlyDoes not waste any time at all. Every minute is utilized to set up suspense and action. And when we reach the climax, everything suddenly becomes ambiguous. You are not sure about what really happened, just about the things that matter the most. Kevin Spacey acts splendidly. The first time I watched it the plot twist at the end made me a fan of the movie. But not so much on the second viewing after a gap of eight years. Frankly, apart from the awesome ending, it wasn't a very great script_ just a nicely plotted crime thriller but not very special. But I truly believe that everyone should watch it at least once, and don't talk about it before doing that because some smart-ass may spoil it for you. Full Review »