Matchstick Men
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Ridley Scott directs the crime comedy Matchstick Men, based on the novel of the same name by Eric Garcia. Neurotic con man Roy (Nicolas Cage) suffers from several emotional problems, including obsessive-compulsive disorder. He and his partner Frank (Sam Rockwell) swindle people out of money by posing as money collectors who promise things like tax refunds, package vacations, and other fabulous prizes (which they never get). Frank wants to pull a really big job, but Roy is too consumed with fear and panic attacks to join him. Only cigarettes and his trusty illegal prescription drugs seem to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Matchstick Men never really casts off its cloak of artificiality and calculation; its pleasures are minor, however distracting they may be."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Matchstick Men is really two movies brilliantly spliced into one, each enriching the other."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This is a movie about con games at every level."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Scott tucks away his visual athletics in favour of something leisurely and quietly devastating. It's ultimately far more cunning a script than we can reveal here."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"A lot more fun than most of the director's pompously inflated output."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Ridley Scott lets us enjoy the satisfying clicks and whirrs of the well-oiled celluloid con trick, while leaving plenty of head room for Cage to twitch and fret in."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's a blah little exploitation picture that thinks it's a deep humanist parable."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Nicholas Cage gives his best performance since "Leaving Los Vegas" as con man Roy Waller in this sophisticated movie about familial responsibility, self-imposed barriers and the possibilities of a well executed long con."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Matchstick Men works because of the way the key players handle the material. This is the work of professionals acknowledging a good story and knowing better than to get in the way."
‑ Brad Slager, Film Threat
"What saves Matchstick Men from being a complete washout are the performances by Cage, Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"A thoroughly absorbing hour and 56 minutes of entertainment."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Matchstick Men isn't even remotely intricate; it's not even particularly interesting."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"A cleverly planned switcheroo story in which the twist at the end is the knife in the back."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Something less than the sum of its parts, Matchstick Men is a decent film that should have been a considerably better one."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"Mathstick Men se compare aisément à Catch Me If You Can sans atteindre la qualité de Ocean's Eleven."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
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