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  Movie Review for Usual Suspects, The

Movie Review for
Usual Suspects, The



Usual Suspects, The
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31 Reviews total.

Release date: 8/18/1995
Run length: 105 mins.
Categories: Drama , Thriller , Crime/Gangster

Summary: When a truck loaded with stripped gun parts is hijacked outside of Queens, five notorious thieves become overnight guests of the NYPD, but that's all they need to hatch a plan that brings them to Los Angeles for the ultimate take, $91 million in hard cash. Roger "Verbal" Kint, an apparent victim of cerebral palsy yet an accomplished con man, soon falls under the persuasive powers of U.S. Customs Special Agent David Kujan, who's hot on their trail. Kint weaves a tale that begins six weeks ago, back at the police shake-down in New York. Assembled among the professional felons are hardware specialist Todd Hockney, entry man Michael McManus and Dean Keaton, an ex-cop whose hijacking and smuggling exploits have incurred Kujan's wrath. Customs has been building a case on Keaton for three years, and despite Kint's claim that Keaton is dead, Kujan looks to squeeze Kint until he gets his man. In a surprise plot twist, a pitiable con man is being outwitted by an eager Fed. Or is he?

                         Reviews of Usual Suspects, The

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David Perini of Apollo Guide (7/1)
            Itís not often that a movie so intriguing comes out of Hollywood, but when one does, it should be...

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Phil Villarreal of Arizona Daily Star (8/0)
            McQuarrie's script is a scurrying lizard of a yarn, scaly, swift and difficult to follow.

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Marjorie Baumgarten of Austin Chronicle (8/0)
            The Usual Suspects is a movie with style to burn, and, initially, that is this crime drama's most...

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Bryant Frazer of Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus (8/0)
            Director Bryan Singer works so hard at evoking an air of world-weary fatalism that it's a shame t...

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Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times (8/0)
            Once again, my comprehension began to slip, and finally I wrote down: 'To the degree that I do un...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson of Combustible Celluloid (8/0)
            To many young film buffs, this is where film history begins and ends.

                         Reviews of Usual Suspects, The
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John J. Puccio of DVDTown.com (8/0)
            ...an entertaining crime drama; an intricately conceived puzzle play; a fragment of gangster myth...

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Christopher Null of eFilmCritic.com (8/0)
            . . .The Usual Suspects is a funny, visually stunning, and much-needed change of pace from re...

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Emanuel Levy of EmanuelLevy.Com (8/0)
            Stylishly made but narratively hollow and dramatically derivative, Bryan Singer's puzzle-homage t...

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Christopher Null of filmcritic.com (8/0)
            All the actors nail their parts with ultra-cool finesse, and just listening to Del Toro mumble hi...

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Steve Rhodes of Internet Reviews (8/0)
            The interaction of all the characters is both fascinating and unusual.

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Robert Roten of Laramie Movie Scope (8/0)
            It is a complex story, but I found it fun.

                         Reviews of Usual Suspects, The
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Kevin N. Laforest of Montreal Film Journal (8/0)
            The Usual Suspects loses some of its impact with subsequent viewings, but it remains a superior p...

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Michael Dequina of Mr. Brown's Movies (8/0)
            One of the most ingenious, unpredictable films in recent memory... and one of the biggest cheats.

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Dennis Schwartz of Ozus' World Movie Reviews (8/0)
            Not to be believed for a NYC second.

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Leonard Schwarz of Palo Alto Weekly (8/0)
            It's a real dazzler -- a neo-noir hybrid of a heist and a mystery film that sucks you into a dark...

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Mark R. Leeper of rec.arts.movies.reviews (8/0)
            This is a film that looks good, and has good actors, but the writing is really the film's stronge...

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James Berardinelli of ReelViews (8/0)
            The Usual Suspects is an accomplished synthesis of noir elements and, as such, is an entertaining...

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Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle (8/0)
            The Usual Suspects is an intricate crime drama in which neither the characters nor the audien...

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Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle (8/0)
            As entertainment, the film is a lukewarm experience. But as a piece of construction, The Usual Su...

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Barbara Shulgasser of San Francisco Examiner (8/0)
            Most of the time I hardly knew what was going on, but I couldn't wait to see what happened next.

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Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine (8/0)
            The Usual Suspects has always kind of sat there, hoping that you'll love it for its twist ending.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality and Practice (8/0)
            A brilliantly inventive and suspenseful crime drama that is destined to become a classic.

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Hal Hinson of Washington Post (8/0)
            Let your concentration flag for an instant during Bryan Singer's deliciously intricate The Usual ...

                         Reviews of Usual Suspects, The
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Almar Haflidason of BBC (4/4) No reference
            To the degree that I do understand, I don't care.

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Madeleine Williams of Cinematter (7/1) No reference
            There are plenty of twists in the plot to keep you on your toes throughout the film.

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Chris Hicks of Deseret News, Salt Lake City (7/1) No reference
            The Usual Suspects is a knockout suspense yarn with so many twists and turns you're never quite s...

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Mark Dinning of Empire Magazine (3/5) No reference
            Certain 'big twists' may have hogged the limelight of late, but rarely have they come 'bigger' or...

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Bruce Kirkland of Jam! Movies (4/4) No reference
            The only usual thing about The Usual Suspects is the title. All else is a fun, fresh, gritty new ...

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Joe Baltake of Sacramento Bee (3/5) No reference
            Nothing is what it seems in this layered, velvety movie (which was shot in handsome wide-screen f...

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson of sbs.is (3/5) No reference
            Intriguing well made crime drama with a nice twist in the end

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