Matchstick Men

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Matchstick Men
Matchstick Men
  • PG-13
  • 1h 51m
  • 2003
Certified Fresh82%
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Meet Roy and his ambitious protégé Frank, a couple of con artists. Grifters. Matchstick Men. Business is good: the two run a successful, small-time scam. But Roy's (Academy Award winner Nicholas Cage) personal life is a mess. Chain-smoking, obsessive-compulsive, and agoraphobic, with idiosyncrasies that threaten his criminal productivity, Roy requires a psychoanalyst just to stay in working order. Now, much to his shock he discovers he has a 14-year-old daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman), who wants to know her father. And as Roy and Frank (Sam Rockwell) develop a style of parenting with a unique spin, they realize that Angela has an interest and a knack for the family business as she earns her place as one of the Matchstick Men.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh82%
Critics Consensus: Breezy and well-acted, Matchstick Men focuses more on the characters than on the con.
Reviews
Variety
Todd McCarthy
Fresh

Matchstick Men never really casts off its cloak of artificiality and calculation; its pleasures ar...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Derek Adams
Fresh

Ridley Scott lets us enjoy the satisfying clicks and whirrs of the well-oiled celluloid con trick,...

June 21, 2017
BBC.com
Almar Haflidason
Fresh

June 20, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Paul Byrnes
Fresh

[Cage is] funny in his misery, because he has a natural air of exaggeration: he carries his own st...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
This is a movie about con games at every level.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes violence with some graphic injuries. Characters use strong language, drink, smoke, and self-medicate. There are some sexual references. And of course the main characters lie, cheat, and steal.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:September 12, 2003
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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