Matchstick Men

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 183 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 183
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  1. COryR
    Sep 17, 2003
    2
    It started off great but the ending was awful. I can't believe that ............ What kind of ending is that. It made no sense.
  2. BobH.
    Sep 27, 2003
    1
    Lame is the best way to describe this mess. It is so full of holes it would be better off as swiss cheese. Twitching one head does not a make a good movie. Sorry Charlie, but this was bad.
  3. Fantasy
    Sep 23, 2003
    3
    Started out with good intentions but half way through the movie it started to unravel like a cheap suit. The ending was absolutely ludicrous and could be spotted a mile away.
  4. TarmaR.III
    Oct 3, 2003
    0
    Betrayed is the only word you'll ever say to me.
  5. Mickey
    Oct 18, 2003
    0
    Too stupid to be believed? You can see the end coming about one third into the picture.
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. The movie is moderately enjoyable, but it also makes you feel conned: It offers up a disturbing protagonist and then substitutes cuteness for character.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Odd mixture of ultra-sleek visuals, psychological probing, "Paper Moon"-like father-daughter swindling, self-improvement efforts and abrupt tough-guy stuff keeps the picture percolating, even if it seems too artificial to genuinely convince on an emotional or dramatic level.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    Scott's finesse can't entirely disguise the mechanical nature of Nicholas and Ted Griffin's script, which has one too many twists for its own good. Fun while it lasts, but it's a bit of a con job itself.