Matchstick Men

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Released 2003

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Director:
Ridley Scott
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Matchstick Men is the next attempt at 'light comedy' and a more human centric tale, directed by modern epic master Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Alien, Blade Runner, Hannibal, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster, Black Hawk Down, Body of Lies). Roy Waller (Nicholas Cage) is an obsessive-compulsive con artist, who's partnered with the gregarious Frank (Sam Rockwell) in bilking people out of whatever they can. Frank desperately wants the two of them to expand their horizons and go for a big prize by engaging in 'long con,' but Roy is content with keeping it simple and safe. Things get interesting when Roy loses his pills, goes into a tic fit and discovers he has an estranged daughter Angela (Alison Lohman) who wants to reconnect with him. In the course of getting to know Angela, Roy's afflictions seem to diminish, he appears to be enjoying life more and even resolves to impart his con man knowledge to his pretty offspring and include her in the con of their lives.moreless

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  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Both entertaining and empty: an emotional shell game that leaves you feeling cheated even though, on the surface at least, everyone is a winner.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Odd mixture of ultra-sleek visuals, psychological probing, "Paper Moon"-like father-daughter swindling, self-improvement efforts and abrupt tough-guy stuff keeps the picture percol...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Everything in Matchstick Men moves and looks right, from John Mathieson's cinematography to Tom Foden's production design, so it's puzzling that the film fizzles rather than fizzes.

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Comedy, Drama

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Crime, Dark Comedy