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The Glass House (2001)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 67

Due to obvious plot twists and foreshadowing, The Glass House fails to thrill. By the end, it degenerates into ludicrousness.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 17

Due to obvious plot twists and foreshadowing, The Glass House fails to thrill. By the end, it degenerates into ludicrousness.



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Follows four teenage girls striving to overcome drug addiction, abandonment and abuse by attending a rehabilitation center in Tehran.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Wesley Strick

Jan 2, 2002


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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (67) | DVD (16)

Wesley Strick, the screenwriter, is my hero. I admire anyone who's figured out how to do as little work as he does and still make a good living.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source:
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One look at Terry and Erin's home, and you can sense director Daniel Sackheim gearing up for a tsunami of hogwash.

September 24, 2001 Full Review Source:
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We're left with a cat-and-mouse game between girl and murderous faux-dad that's simply boilerplate.

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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The film has two consistent attributes: stupidity and predictability.

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Has so much potential and structure to become an excellent thriller yet it doesn't deliver.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

...the screenplay...doesn't contain an ounce of subtlety or even intelligence.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

All told, Ruby is responsible for more deaths than the villain. What a spunky little heroine.

June 12, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

the suspense genre has all but ceased to be suspenseful . . . it's business as usual, and the blades in the cookie cutter are getting dull.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

With debut director Sackheim struggling to infuse the pedestrian plot with any sense of vigour, 'The Glass House' is rendered less memorable with every passing minute.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Creepy psychothriller features great performances, twisty plot and superbly crafted moments of tension.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

It takes its place in the fiery depths of movie hell, where even there it seems too stupid to fit in.

June 18, 2002
Billings Outpost (Montana)

begins as a fairly intriguing study of alienation, only to end up as a far-fetched "let's get outta here!" thriller. ... Ruby proves to be so adept at last-minute disappearances, you'd think her grandfather was Houdini.

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The Glass House es una cinta de suspenso que conjunta un buen elenco, pero por desgracia el guión cae en lo ilógico en varias ocasiones.

June 8, 2002

Starts with unfulfilled promise, builds towards a laughable tedium, and ultimately shoots itself in the foot with its repulsive conclusion.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Hamlet, and some good acting, keep the film from being a stinker, but it never rises above mediocrity.

February 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Tiene el estilo de las películas realizadas exclusivamente para la televisión, del tipo de las de HBO.

January 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Moviola

[The] world needs another adolescent empowerment fable like it needs air pollution.

January 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

All one leaves the theatre with is the urge to beg Hollywood to stop this endless cycle of mindless horror flicks.

December 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A first-rate melodrama, one that might have played nicely in theatres as a second feature back in the early '60s.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

the screenplay ... is stupefyingly obvious and relies far too frequently on convenient discoveries and overheard conversations

November 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Either way, it's a bad film, and one that's certainly worth seeing.

November 13, 2001 Full Review Source:

A formulaic film that is more typical than terrible.

October 9, 2001 Full Review Source:

Just another mindless slasher film.

September 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Glass House

An orphaned teen and her brother live with a sinister family friend after their parents die.
Aside from the sheer joy of watching Stellan Skarsgard be bad, there is nothing unique or new about this thriller, which is as predictable as it is lame. Leelee Sobieski is a boring heroine, and Diane Lane is woefully underused.
Overall, I have very little to say about this film because the film has very little to say.
July 28, 2012
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Decent good movie but not a great one sorry. Basically same idea as other movies with different actors...

Trust can be as transparent as glass. When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, her and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, Ruby and Rhett are comfortable and happy. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys then he could possibly know what to do with! But, when Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left her and Rhett $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin.
November 15, 2009
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

what a dumbass stupid movie
August 7, 2009

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