An imaginative, entertaining crime mystery with plenty of nerve and vigor.
Doug Thomas, Seattle Times, 2013-06-18
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, 2013-06-18
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, 2013-06-18
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, 2013-06-18
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, 2013-01-18
A terrific cast of exciting actors socks over this absorbingly complicated yarn that's been spun in seductively slick fashion by director Bryan Singer.
Todd McCarthy, Variety, 2008-10-18
Singer creates a classy, thought-provoking mystery that is pleasingly old-fashioned and absolutely modern in the sly, slightly self-conscious play it makes with myth and methods of storytelling.
Geoff Andrew, Time Out, 2006-06-24
This movie finally isn't anything more than an intricate feat of gamesmanship, but it's still quite something to see.
Janet Maslin, New York Times, 2003-05-20
The Usual Suspects is the freshest, funniest and scariest crime thriller to come along since Pulp Fiction.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2001-05-12
But like a tale from the Arabian Nights, told for the sheer pleasure of storytelling, this elegant puzzle not only enjoys showing off, it also has something to show.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2001-02-13
The Usual Suspects is an accomplished synthesis of noir elements and, as such, is an entertaining entry to the genre.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2000-01-01
Next to the steady diet of Hollywood formula, contrived plots and situations a regular moviegoer can spot a mile off, The Usual Suspects is something quite different: A movie that's smarter than you are.
Sean P. Means, Film.com, 2000-01-01
After I first saw the film, I recommended it to people as an entertaining and commercial crime thriller; a standard story done very well. And then I saw it again. The movie is so much better the second time.
Andy Spletzer, Film.com, 2000-01-01
The twist at the end is a corker, but crucial questions remain unanswered. What's interesting, though, is how little this intrudes on our enjoyment.
Hal Hinson, Washington Post, 2000-01-01
Director Bryan Singer gives his film enough surface flash to entertain future late-night cable possibilities.
Mike Clark, USA Today, 2000-01-01
As entertainment, the film is a lukewarm experience. But as a piece of construction, The Usual Suspects is a slick bit of business.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2000-01-01
Lots of fun and a very handsome, widescreen production by director Bryan Singer, who co-wrote the original script with once-and-future partner (and ex-private detective) Christopher McQuarrie.
Tom Keogh, Film.com, 2000-01-01
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, 2011-03-28
After following the beckoning twists and turns, you're left trapped and more than a little disappointed for getting in so deep.
Desson Thomson, Washington Post, 2000-01-01
Once again, my comprehension began to slip, and finally I wrote down: 'To the degree that I do understand, I don't care.'
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2000-01-01