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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

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

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A clever look at con artists and their games of deception. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Well-acted and intriguing exploration of dishonesty in its varied forms, leavened with a dry comic touch. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Cleverly conceived, skillfully made and performed with unflagging verve, it's a change of pace (slower) and scale (smaller) for Mr. Scott, the director of such pounding epics as "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down." Yet this intimate, intricate con about a couple of petty con men selling water filtration systems is also remote and forgettable in the end, a lapidary icicle. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Overall, Matchstick Men, which is based on the novel by Eric Garcia, is more memorable for Lohman's naturalistic acting and Scott's mannerist direction than it is for its O. Henry surprise. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The direction is still slick, but Matchstick Men gets most of its thrills from the unknowable in human interaction. This could be the biggest "scam" Scott himself has pulled off. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The movie so successfully raises the emotional and psychological stakes in the first half that not all audiences may like the film's reversion to con-artist form in the second. The con itself is preposterous and full of holes when we think back after the movie. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 and sudden vulnerability that the role requires, when your dad is a whacko confidence man. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The dialogue -- especially that between Roy and Frank -- crackles with wit and intelligence (a rarity in films these days). show more

  • 88
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    It’s a 21st-century version of "The Sting" for these so far rather unkind and ungentle times. show more

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