Matchstick Men Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
This is a movie about con games at every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 12, 2009
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 | Original Score: A-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
A cleverly planned switcheroo story in which the twist at the end is the knife in the back.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 7, 2008
Matchstick Men never really casts off its cloak of artificiality and calculation; its pleasures are minor, however distracting they may be.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Brad Slager
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Something less than the sum of its parts, Matchstick Men is a decent film that should have been a considerably better one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A lot more fun than most of the director's pompously inflated output.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
What saves Matchstick Men from being a complete washout are the performances by Cage, Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 25, 2005
Mathstick Men se compare aisément à Catch Me If You Can sans atteindre la qualité de Ocean's Eleven.
| Original Score: B
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Despite its string of crime-caper clichés, [director Ridley] Scott's focus on character and relationship helps the film transcend the typical mediocrity of its genre.
| Original Score: B
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 14, 2004
Cage is absolutely terrific down to his eye twitches and neck jerks.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 7, 2004
Director Ridley Scott, whose recent history has brought us wonderful action films like Black Hawk Down and Gladiator, translates Eric Garcia's book about a neurotic con man into a compelling film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 20, 2004
... tenuous and beautiful interaction between Cage and Lohman.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 14, 2004
...the sort of light, breezy entertainment that feels a lot more like George Roy Hill or Peter Bogdanovich than it does Ridley Scott.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
March 1, 2004
The characters are so good that you'll forget about the con game.
| Original Score: A-
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 28, 2004
The story darts in unexpected, dark directions, but is told by such talented people, we follow it willingly...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
The revelation here... is Alison Lohman... [Y]ou will be amazed by the depths of this talented young woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Delivers some double-crosses worthy of the best con flicks, with twists that are both punchy and poetic.
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