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Matchstick Men (2003)



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

Movie Info

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 keep him going. When Roy finds himself in desperate need of more pills, he is forced to see legitimate psychotherapist Dr. Klein (Bruce Altman). Roy ends up talking about his emotional damage from a troubled marriage and divorce, which results in the discovery of a child whom he has never met. Dr. Klein suggests that he spend a weekend with the kid, so in walks teenaged Angela (played by twentysomething Alison Lohman). Reluctant to develop his role as a father, Roy also gets heavily involved in Frank's ambitious swindle. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, violence, some sexual content and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas Griffin, Ted Griffin, Eric Garcia
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Box Office: $36.9M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Nicolas Cage
as Roy Waller
Bruce McGill
as Chuck Frechette
Bruce Altman
as Dr. Klein
Jenny O'Hara
as Mrs. Schaffer
Steve Eastin
as Mr. Schaffer
Beth Grant
as Laundry Lady
Fran Kranz
as Slacker Boyfriend
Bill Saito
as Pharmacist No.1
Tim Maculan
as Pharmacist No.1
Giannina Facio
as Bank Teller
Sonya Eddy
as Parking Garage Cashi...
Michael Clossin
as Long-Winded Parking ...
Kim Cassidy
as Stripper
Paul Hubbard
as Store Clerk
Monnae Michaell
as Carpet Store Manager
Marco Kyris
as Pizza Boy
Jerry Hauck
as Taxi Driver
Jim Zulevic
as Airport Bartender
Ramsey Malouky
as Hospital Intern
Andi Sherrill
as Pharmacy Cashier
Kate Steele
as Strip Club Waitress
Adam Clark
as Strip Club Bouncer
Daniel Villarreal
as Car Wash Employee
Marco Assante
as Valet Parker
Kevin La Rosa
as Helicopter Pilot
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News & Interviews for Matchstick Men

Critic Reviews for Matchstick Men

All Critics (191) | Top Critics (43)

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

Full Review… | July 7, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is a movie about con games at every level.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Matchstick Men


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 roles like this. it's a good attempt at a dramedy by director Ridley Scott, and the film is both well paced and well written.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


A complex, very involving drama, "Matchstick Men" displays fantastic lead performances from its main cast comprised of Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman, but also heightens director Ridley Scott to a whole new form of filmmaking where he shows that he can tell a story more through genuine character development than the actual job the film centers on.

Tyler Christian
Tyler Christian

Super Reviewer


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 movie for some laughs on a Friday or Saturday night.

Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer

Matchstick Men Quotes

Angela: TV dinners are cool. You should get the TV to go with it.
– Submitted by Jason S (2 years ago)
Roy Waller: To some people, money is a foreign film without subtitles.
– Submitted by Jacob M (3 years ago)
Roy Waller: Hey have you ever been dragged to the sidewalk and beaten till you PISSED... BLOOD!
– Submitted by Rocky F (4 years ago)

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