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Matchstick Men Reviews

July 7, 2008
Matchstick Men never really casts off its cloak of artificiality and calculation; its pleasures are minor, however distracting they may be.
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.
September 26, 2003
A thoroughly absorbing hour and 56 minutes of entertainment.
September 16, 2003
Matchstick Men is really two movies brilliantly spliced into one, each enriching the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 15, 2003
It's a blah little exploitation picture that thinks it's a deep humanist parable.
September 13, 2003
Matchstick Men isn't even remotely intricate; it's not even particularly interesting.
September 12, 2003
A well-acted and intriguing exploration of dishonesty in its varied forms, leavened with a dry comic touch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2003
Uneven but oddly likeable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 12, 2003
Disappointing and uneven
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2003
A whimsical winner in which everybody seems to be having a blast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2003
A clever look at con artists and their games of deception.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2003
The writing is generally smart, and the connection between Cage and Lohman feels genuine. But the movie is as empty as a telemarketer's pitch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
September 12, 2003
Despite the fine acting, you may end up feeling as suckered as Roy's victims.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 12, 2003
A well-crafted grifter tale with heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2003
Although there are moments in the film when his visual style threatens to overwhelm the story, Scott keeps the stylistic flourishes to a minimum.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 12, 2003
An engaging spin on the reliable crime subgenre of lovable thieves.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 12, 2003
Fleeced again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 12, 2003
This is not the sumptuous visual feast Scott usually delivers, and that's likely intentional. He's going for character here, for connections, and he gets them for a while. Then he lets go.
Read More | Original Score: C+
September 12, 2003
[An] engaging, funny and touching film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2003
Scott may not pull off the big one, but for the most part he manages to score.
September 12, 2003
From its jazz-inflected score to the screenplay's switchbacks of possibility and impending disaster, the movie seduces.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2003
The screenplay for Matchstick Men is an achievement of Oscar calibre -- so absorbing that whenever it cuts away from 'the plot,' there is another, better plot to cut to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
September 12, 2003
[Nicolas Cage] just makes you believe in him.
September 12, 2003
Let it swindle you; it's part of the fun. In fact, it's all of the fun.
September 12, 2003
A well-acted, carefully directed yet largely unsatisfying exercise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2003
[Matchstick Men] is more memorable for Lohman's naturalistic acting and Scott's mannerist direction than it is for its O. Henry surprise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2003
An emotional shell game that leaves you feeling cheated even though, on the surface at least, everyone is a winner.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2003
The film fizzles rather than fizzes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 11, 2003
For director Ridley Scott, Matchstick Men represents a step back in both size and results.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 11, 2003
Unusually intimate outing for director Ridley Scott glides along a slick, shiny, Hollywood-style surface. But the actors keep it real throughout.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2003
The performances are terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2003
Only the most gullible of viewers will likely be duped by the painfully et cetera who's-conning -whom antics or the mounds of forced sentimentality under which they're ill-disguised.
September 11, 2003
A delightful dark comedy.
September 11, 2003
If Matchstick Men isn't the classic con The Sting was, it still empties our pockets with the fast hands of a master.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2003
[Matchstick Men] is what you get when a bunch of talented pros get together to make a movie without worrying about Oscar nominations, career moves and 10-Best lists. They're just having fun, and chances are, you will, too.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 10, 2003
There's one other way to approach Matchstick Men, and that's to forget all about neuroses and con artistry and admire the movie instead for the unsettlingly beautiful directorial study in geographical mood that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 9, 2003
Artful distraction is the key to a successful con, and Cage does more than that for Matchstick Men, dazzling the viewer with a veritable ob-com sonata based on a plethora of tics, hitches, stutters, twitches, and obscure rituals.
September 8, 2003
Cage and Rockwell play off each other with devilish finesse.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 3, 2003
Actors Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman perform heavy lifting in the emotional department, almost to the point we forget the movie is about con artists -- which turns out to be the film's own con.
September 2, 2003
... it's just a joy to see a film like this.