Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. 100
    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.
  2. 88
    The dialogue -- especially that between Roy and Frank -- crackles with wit and intelligence (a rarity in films these days).
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    It’s a 21st-century version of "The Sting" for these so far rather unkind and ungentle times.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. Jake
    Feb 5, 2007
    Cage is great in this film. He plays the part extremly well. It is a very humorous movie with a great story. Rockwell and Lohman were great for the roles that they played. They gelled very well with Cage. Full Review »
  2. HenryS
    Aug 15, 2009
    This is quite an amazing movie, mainly because Alison Lohman's performance was enough to knock anyone off their seats, I still have a hard time believing she was really 23 then! and the end is indeed original, loved it all. Full Review »
  3. DaraHMude
    Mar 20, 2006
    its a great movie i think. i like the scene where cage and angela hangout together... the ending makes the movie even more unforgettable. i wish it would not end up like that because their relationship was very beautiful. Full Review »