YMMV / The Usual Suspects

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: There isn't much evidence that Verbal Kint is Keyser Söze that doesn't come from the movie's Unreliable Narrator. It's quite possible that he's just a conman trading on the name and reputation of a legendary crime lord to get what he wants.
  • Award Snub: A variant. The film was nominated for, and won, two Academy Awards. No problem there. The problem is that Kevin Spacey was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category, despite having more than half the lines in the film and very likely portraying the character around whom the entire film revolves. One would expect such a performance to be given the main Best Actor category instead. (This may have been done for tactical reasons, as Spacey was not a particularly well known actor at the time, mostly known from Seven and with this being his Star-Making Role, and the film's promoters may not have wanted him to go against better known stars such as Nicolas Cage, who won the Best Actor award that year; however, it still stands out as strange, given the facts noted above).
    • Fridge Brilliance: In putting him up for Best Supporting Actor, both the studio and the academy maanged to conceal the fact that Verbal is Keyser Soze.
  • Eight Deadly Words: In Roger Ebert's famously negative review of the film, in description of the film's complex plot he wrote "To the degree that I do understand, I don't care."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The director mentioned in more than one article that Benicio del Toro took a throw-away character and, just by giving him an unusual way of speaking, stole every scene he was in!
  • Evil Is Cool: Keyser Söze 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 famous twist ending has made him a by-word for the Diabolical Mastermind.