• A.N. Lee

    ★★½ Watched by A.N. Lee 25 May, 2015

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    Film #23 of the Scavenger Hunt #2 challenge
    Task #24: A film about gangsters.
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    This film was a bit underwhelming. I feel quite disappointed. I'd heard such great things about this film that I guess I set my expectations way too high. The ending, especially, was disappointing, since it was only mildly surprising when I'd expected to be completely mind-blown. I can't help feeling that if I hadn't known this film had a twist ending prior to viewing…

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  • Andrew Willis

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Andrew Willis 23 May, 2015 1

    Endlessly quotable, and for a film that relies so heavily on the twist endings, it is endlessly re-watchable.

    The film does a wonderful job of blending all of the personalities of the different criminals in the film. It even manages to harness the annoyance of Stephen Baldwin, and channel that into a menacing performance.

    The film does so much visually to inform the viewer of the surprises that are coming, but somehow I am always transfixed while watching this and…

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  • Dave

    ★★★★½ Added by Dave 1

    "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was proving the world he didn't exist."

    Christopher McQuarrie and Bryan Singer created a masterful puzzle in The Usual Suspects, an intricate, clever mystery that features a strong ensemble performance (stand outs are Palminteri, Byrne, and of course, the inimitable Kevin Spacey).

    Whether or not you suspected who did it, it doesn't matter; it was how he got away with it that made it fun. The musical score is catchy, and what a cool name: Keyser Soze!

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  • alex murphy

    ★★★ Rewatched by alex murphy 23 May, 2015

    this is a solid movie haha ive seen it a bunch of times.. i like it! i dont get ppl who say that its like one of the greatest movies ever (bc its not) but the twist is def rly good and its a fun watch! last beach screening of cannes

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  • Michael Camilleri

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Michael Camilleri 13 May, 2015

    Doesn't stop being one of the best films ever made.

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  • Connor Denney

    ★★★ Rewatched by Connor Denney 17 May, 2015

    To think that this used to be my second favorite film! The Usual Suspects contains a fun conceit and an excellent narrative (it may have deserved its Oscar for Best Original Screenplay if Before Sunrise had not been released the same year), but the directing almost keeps this from realizing any potential at all. Bryan Singer treats the film as if it were pulp fiction (and not the italicized and capitalized kind), reducing dialogue to stereotypical and obligatory sentences muttered…

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  • STinG

    ★★★ Rewatched by STinG 19 May, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Film #4 of the 1995 Cannes Film Challenge - Out of Competition
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    Huh, it's totally funny to me that everybody calls this Bryan Singer's best film of his career. That everybody finds it so mind-blowing. That apparently Christopher McQuarrie is such a genius for writing the screenplay.

    I'm not going to claim that the final twist of the film that made it almost as famous as Kevin Spacey's Oscar-winning performance as Verbal Kint (one of the few times I'll…

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  • Luca Lagerstrom

    ★★★★★ Added by Luca Lagerstrom

    This is the first movie that when it ended, i just sat there clapping. This has to be one of my favorite films. Kevin Spacey's performance in this movie was the only performance by any actor in any movie ever that i enjoyed the most.

    The ending was just amazing. I would have never seen it coming. And when i started the movie, i actually already knew the ending but when it came to that point, i found out there was more to it and it absoloutely amazed me.
    Five stars.

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  • Rembrandt Q Pumpernickel

    Rewatched by Rembrandt Q Pumpernickel 11 May, 2015

    I feel like imagining the Reuben who said this was his favorite movie from like 15-20 is almost impossible to do. It's an interminable one liner parade with all of my least favorite styles of acting. I also thought the line about stepping back and everything making sense was early in the movie, to plant a seed, but it's actually right before the big reveal. That's just poor writing. Same with some of the side stories that Verbal tells, they're…

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  • Doug Normand

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Doug Normand 15 May, 2015

    This has to be one of my favourite films of all time. No CGI, no stand out cast or major money shot......all this consists of is a great script, great story & fantastic acting. It's simple, effective and a that's all I need to say.....

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  • Joyce Heinen

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Joyce Heinen 13 May, 2015

    Film # 12 of the "Scavenger Hunt #2" Challenge
    Task # 29: The film with the most surprising twist end
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    There is one scene in “The Usual Suspects” that was considered failed by director Brian Singer. The actors couldn’t concentrate and constantly laughed. Eventually Singer decided to use the footage, the scene could be more interesting because of it. And he was right: one of the most characteristic scenes from the movie was born.

    Off course we’re talking…

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  • Ryster

    ★★★★½ Watched by Ryster 11 May, 2015

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    Film #12 of the "Scavenger Hunt #2" Challenge!
    letterboxd.com/ryster/list/scavenger-hunt-2/
    Task #29 - The film with the most surprising twist ever!
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    Here's the thing with The Usual Suspects, it's an amazingly crafted movie that has a really suspenseful script and some amazing acting. But due to the fact that this film is years old and it's quite well recognised, the ending gets blurted out by anyone who mentions it. And let me tell you, if you know the ending…

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