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Matchstick Men
Phobia-addled con artist Roy (Nicolas Cage) and his protégé Frank (Sam Rockwell) are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the unexpected arrival of Roy's teenage daughter Angela...  View more >

Starring Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Sep 18, 2003
Aside from seeing that the Featured Critic gave this film a good rating, I didn't know anything about it other than what the trailers and previews showed.

After a bit I wondered about the film, it was a little slow and I wasn't sure where it was going or what it was trying to tell me. Nicolas Cage, as Roy, gives a fantastic performance as a Con Artist with a few phobias and Sam Rockwell as his partner Frank who is trying to learn from the master and seemingly just get by.

Roy's life is turned inside-out by the unexpected arrival of a 14 year old daughter he never knew he had and the story swings from being about the Con to being about a father/daughter relationship where the father is just a little messed up.

Overall I enjoyed the film and feel that Nicolas Cage should be recognized by his peers for a great performance.
Sep 18, 2003
Great performances and a good storyline result in a movie well worth watching.
Sep 19, 2003
Complete crap like everything else Nicolas Cage is in!
Sep 24, 2003
\"Matchstick Men\" is a excellent film, featuring another great performance from Nicholas Cage. Cage has played weird roles before, including getting an Oscar nomination for playing twins in \"Adaption.\" In \"Matchstick Men,\" it\'s no exception. Here, Cage played a con man who has lots of phobias to deal with. Walking on rugs with his shoes, shuts the door three times and eating tuna out of an can and put it into a bag, before he puts it into the basket. The one day, his enstrange daughter shows up at his door to challenge his rituals. She is played by Alison Lohman in another fine performance. The chemistry between father and daughter worked very well. Sam Rockwell is good as Cage\'s partner in crime. Many critics has compared the film with \"The Sting.\" Wrong comparison. That film should be compared with the film \"Paper Moon.\" in terms of the relationship between father and daughter is similar to the relatioship between Ryan and Tatum O\'Neil in the 1874 film. Watching Cage dealing with the phobias are fun to watch. I hope he gets another Oscar nomination. \"Matchstick Men\" is a film to behold.
Nov 5, 2003
I wasn\'t exactly looking forward to this movie, but I loved it. Good cast. Good story.
Jul 19, 2012

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