* EightPointEight: Roger Ebert gave this film [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19950818/REVIEWS/508180304/1023 1.5-out-of-4 stars]], one his lowest scores during his long career of reviewing films. This was the opposite to public opinion which gave the film 3.5-out-of-4 stars. Roger claimed the reason was because he couldn't follow the plot, and the PlotTwist at the end was stupid. Of course, the film is known as one of the greatest PlotTwist films of all time, and it won awards.
** The film was also on Owen Gleiberman's 5 worst movies of they year list on the 1995 year end issue of Entertainment Weekly. (It found some vindication on the top 10 video releases the year after.)
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: There isn't much evidence that [[spoiler:Verbal Kint is Keyser Soze]] that doesn't come from the movie's UnreliableNarrator. It's quite possible that [[spoiler:he's just a conman trading on the name and reputation of a legendary crime lord to get what he wants.]]
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Of course, John Ottman's score fits so perfectly because he also edited the movie...
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The director mentioned in more than one article that Benicio del Toro took a throw-away character and, just by giving him an [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent unusual way of speaking]], stole every scene he was in!
* EvilIsCool: Keyser Soze is clearly a monstrously evil man if even half of the things said about him are true, but his coolness in doing them is indisputable, particularly given the [[spoiler:famous twist ending has made him a by-word for the DiabolicalMastermind.]]
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** Several times Söze is referred to as the Devil. The main character (and one of the prime suspects as to who Söze is) later played the Devil in ''Film/EndOfDays''.
** If you are GenreSavvy, it is very easy to guess that [[spoiler: Verbal is Keyser Söze]]. This makes the rest of the movie [[InvertedTrope hilarious in foresight]].
* ItWasHisSled: Practically everyone, with or without seeing the movie, has heard of the twist.
* LegacyCharacter: [[spoiler: Keyser Söze could possibly be this, considering the fact that Verbal Kint looks a bit young to be the master criminal.]]
* MagnificentBastard: "Keyser Söze" has become a byword for diabolical masterminds.
* MemeticBadass: Keyser Söze. But then again with a reputation like his, the title is downright inevitable.
* NightmareFuel: Keyser Söze. He scares almost every criminal in the film.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Film/IronMan Agent Coulson]] is a doctor in the San Pedro hospital.
** [[Series/BreakingBad Gus Fring]] is an FBI agent.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: When released, the film instantly became famous for the (truly) shocking twist it had at the end. More than 15 years later, the movie audiences have gotten used to the MandatoryTwistEnding verging into MindScrew territory, so the ending may leave them simply wondering what all that hype is about.