San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
This movie has everything but Humphrey Bogart, and I'm sure he's sorry he was unavailable.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A near-classic blend of mystery, personality, humor and terror, laced with one stunning shock after another. [18 August 1995, Friday, p.C]
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Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
Dense, ironic and thoroughly engrossing caper melodrama.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
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.
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By James Berardinelli
The Usual Suspects is an accomplished synthesis of noir elements and, as such, is an entertaining entry to the genre.
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Mr. Showbiz

By F. X. Feeney
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Dense with plot intricacies, thick with atmosphere, and packed with showy roles for a hip ensemble.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Look out for everything, and listen, too, because Suspects is one of the most densely plotted mysteries in memory.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Self-consciously bleak.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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77 out of 100
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