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Matchstick Men (2003)



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

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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, Rovi

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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 Cashier
Michael Clossin
as Long-Winded Parking Garage Driver
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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Critic Reviews for Matchstick Men

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (54)

Matchstick Men glides from comedy to suspense to poignance, arriving at a destination you might not suspect...Fun while it lasts, but it's a bit of a con job itself.

March 12, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a movie about con games at every level.

December 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

July 7, 2008

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.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A lot more fun than most of the director's pompously inflated output.

May 4, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Matchstick Men


Ridley Scott's con movie outing is charming, but overplayed, which serves to give away the ending long before the end. Kinda ruined it for me. And the main con in the piece never questions the actions of his subordinates, which he calmly tells us, is his main job. And so, meh.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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 Edwards
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

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