Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. A movie with style to burn, and, initially, that is this crime drama's most mesmerizing aspect.
  2. 88
    Dense, ironic and thoroughly engrossing caper melodrama.
  3. 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.
  4. A near-classic blend of mystery, personality, humor and terror, laced with one stunning shock after another. [18 August 1995, Friday, p.C]
  5. Dense with plot intricacies, thick with atmosphere, and packed with showy roles for a hip ensemble.
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Spletzer
    I liked this film better the second time around.
  7. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    Something quite different: A movie that's smarter than you are.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    Snappy heist film that keeps changing the rules of a mystery so that one is never sure whose hands are at the controls.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: 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.
  12. 88
    The Usual Suspects is an accomplished synthesis of noir elements and, as such, is an entertaining entry to the genre.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    For my money, The Usual Suspects was the pulp fiction of the '90s.
  14. This movie has everything but Humphrey Bogart, and I'm sure he's sorry he was unavailable.
  15. 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.
  16. 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]
  17. Reviewed by: 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.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Look out for everything, and listen, too, because Suspects is one of the most densely plotted mysteries in memory.
  19. Reviewed by: 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    This thriller is like a game of life-and-death chess, with quick double-crosses and wild gambits.
  21. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 204 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
  1. Sep 27, 2011
    "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. Apr 21, 2014
    A great thrilling movie. Great acting by all with a stand out performance by Kevin Spacey. The action was great in this film was awesome. And the way the stories were really cool and well done. And then the ending came and holy I can honestly say I didn't see that one coming that's all I am going to say so that I don't give anything away. Full Review »
  3. Feb 15, 2014
    "The Usual Suspects" runs second to "The Sixth Sense" for one of those movies you will enjoy watching more the second time. I won't give anything away, but there is not one but two twists you won't see coming. And for that sole purpose is a reason to watch this movie. Also, Kevin Spacey might be another reason. Full Review »