Matchstick Men Synopsis
A con man (Nicolas Cage) bonds with his daughter (Alison Lohman) and plans a swindle.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Lohman in particular is effective; I learn to my astonishment that she's 24, but here she plays a 15-year-old with all the tentative love...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The direction is still slick, but Matchstick Men gets most of its thrills from the unknowable in human interaction. This could be the...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Credible? Not really. But Cage and Rockwell play off each other with devilish finesse. And Lohman (White Oleander) is on fire -- she's a...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A clever look at con artists and their games of deception.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Well-acted and intriguing exploration of dishonesty in its varied forms, leavened with a dry comic touch.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Overall, Matchstick Men, which is based on the novel by Eric Garcia, is more memorable for Lohman's naturalistic acting and Scott's...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Actually, there's one other way to approach Matchstick Men, and that's to forget all about neuroses and con artistry and admire the movie...
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Cleverly conceived, skillfully made and performed with unflagging verve, it's a change of pace (slower) and scale (smaller) for Mr. Scott,...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The movie so successfully raises the emotional and psychological stakes in the first half that not all audiences may like the film's...
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50

Boston Globe

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Rockwell is a hoot as Frankie, but during the stretches when he's not on screen, the air goes out of the film.
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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual Content, Language, Thematic Elements and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ This is a movie about con games at every level.
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