Matchstick Men
Matchstick Men (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 12, 2003
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Breezy and well-acted, Matchstick Men focuses more on the characters than on the con.

Todd McCarthy

Matchstick Men never really casts off its cloak of artificiality and calculation; its pleasures are minor, however distracting they may be.

James Berardinelli

Matchstick Men is really two movies brilliantly spliced into one, each enriching the other.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This is a movie about con games at every level.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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David Edelstein

It's a blah little exploitation picture that thinks it's a deep humanist parable.

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Cole Smithey

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

A thoroughly absorbing hour and 56 minutes of entertainment.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Matchstick Men isn't even remotely intricate; it's not even particularly interesting.

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A cleverly planned switcheroo story in which the twist at the end is the knife in the back.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Ridley Scott's con movie outing is charming, but overplayed, which serves to give away the ending long before the end. Kinda ruined it for me. And the main… More
Jason Robinson
Surprisingly solid acting by Nic Cage in this one, matched by a character driven story with a con sprinkled in. Very light but enjoyable throughout -- a great… More
Michael Edwards
Cage gives a great performance as an obsessive compulsive con artist, Alison Lohman is good as Angela, and Sam Rockwell as just as good as he normally is in… More
Mark Walker
It's hard to imagine after all his war and gladitorial carnage that the playful tone of this film belongs to director Ridley Scott. It's a nice and… More
Tyler Christian
A complex, very involving drama, "Matchstick Men" displays fantastic lead performances from its main cast comprised of Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell and… More
Jennifer Xu
Loses a bit of its energy toward the very end, but the daughter-father chemistry but not really between Cage and Alison Lohman was pretty great, and even… More

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