Matchstick Men Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 11, 2003
It's up to Rockwell and Lohman to play slices of white bread in this ham sandwich of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
November 16, 2003
When he's good, Ridley Scott can change filmgoing forever. When he's bad, he's just extremely mediocre. That being the case, Matchstick is then an example of Scott at his worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2003
The film fizzles rather than fizzes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
September 11, 2003
Scott...delivers a competent commercial entertainment which will probably please the crowds at the megaplexes, but is essentially unremarkable.
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 11, 2003
The con artist manipulation is usually far more subtle, unless you're working with a collaboration of old tricks in an utterly inferior and improbable manner. (See: Confidence). Or Matchstick Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
September 15, 2003
It's hard to say who exhibits more nervous tics -- star Cage, overdoing it as an agoraphobic con man or director Scott, clearly uncomfortable with small and intimate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 16, 2003
Matchstick Men is directed with confidence by Ridley Scott.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 11, 2003
For director Ridley Scott, Matchstick Men represents a step back in both size and results.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 12, 2003
A well-acted, carefully directed yet largely unsatisfying exercise.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 12, 2003
Despite the fine acting, you may end up feeling as suckered as Roy's victims.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 12, 2003
There's only one smart con in Matchstick Men. And it's the way it cleverly parts us from our Alexander Hamiltons without ever truly delivering what it's promised.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
September 12, 2003
Despite a cast of solid actors and a director with one of the most exquisite visual sensibilities in the business, the film is too often flat when we want it to dazzle us.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
September 11, 2003
The pervading feeling throughout Matchstick Men is that it's just subtly off.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
November 16, 2003
If you didn't see the ending coming a mile away, then I'd like you to send me your bank account number and access codes so that I can deposit a special prize into your account
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 15, 2003
Those who anticipate the twist ending are likely to leave the theater feeling conned themselves..
| Original Score: 2.5/4
September 20, 2003
The acting and dialogue and story are all good, but somehow the whole thing feels really poky and tentative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
September 12, 2003
For the sheer promise it held for so long, and its jarring plunge into maddening mediocrity by the end credits roll, Matchstick Men may just rank as the most disappointing film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 12, 2003
An amusing enough, moderately clever movie, but most of it is rather one-note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Renee Graham
Boston Globe
September 12, 2003
Rockwell is a hoot as Frankie, but during the stretches when he's not on screen, the air goes out of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 10, 2003
A film about putting people on is, at the end, unable to put us on.
| Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
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September 13, 2003

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September 12, 2003
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September 12, 2003

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September 28, 2003

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February 7, 2004
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