The Glass House Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 28, 2012
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.
Super Reviewer
November 15, 2009
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.
Super Reviewer
½ August 7, 2009
what a dumbass stupid movie
Super Reviewer
½ November 7, 2006
Well played.
Super Reviewer
½ August 4, 2006
An interesting thriller that started out like most teen movies, but luckily never stayed as one, more of a watchable film than an edge of your seat thriller, but enjoyable all the same
Super Reviewer
½ July 13, 2007
I liked this movie. Diane Lane's characters drug problem was slightly nauseating though.
Super Reviewer
½ July 7, 2007
Pretty bad. Everyone plays their character like their job is on the line, and its just a sick, nasty, and missable plotline.
Super Reviewer
July 6, 2007
Rather mediocre thriller with a pretty disappointing cast. Somehow it's hard to care for Sobieski's rather bitchy character and people like Lane and Skarsgård have been a lot more convincing than here, too. That being said, the movie isn't boring, but not very exciting either. A lot of stereotypes and a rather silly showdown made me look at the clock a lot more often than I should have. Meh.
Super Reviewer
½ April 22, 2007
The Glass House is noticeably devoid of tension, and all of its major plot points are predictable, but there are a few neat elements to it. All of the players give strong performances across the board - sure, Leelee Sobieski can't act, but her (lack of) presence is utilized well here. Diane Lane and that guy whose last name I can't spell are great.

The house itself looks awesome, but it doesn't really contribute much to the movie. Weird directorial decision, especially since you can tell that they went all out on a lot of aspects of it.

The Glass House's achilles heel (or its rock, whizzing toward the window, if you will) is its writing. The dialogue is good, but the pacing is all over the map and there's very little "thrill" for a thriller movie. Ruby is a poorly-done character and you don't really feel much fear for her. Similarly, the villain doesn't really have enough opportunities to flex his evil muscles - he spends almost as much time getting threatened as Ruby. And as I said before, if you don't see nearly everything coming before it does, then you need to watch a few more bad thrillers.

Still, it's not a total wash. The Glass House is disposable fun - nothing that will end up on any Top 10 lists, but worthy of the hour and a half you fritter away on it.
Super Reviewer
January 26, 2007
A creepy thriller but kind of plain.
Super Reviewer
½ October 7, 2014
The psychological thriller The Glass House has an interesting set up, but fails to deliver any true terror. The plot follows two children, Ruby and Rhett Baker, who are orphaned and taken in by their parent's friends, the Glasses, but before long Rudy starts to suspect that the Glasses have a sinister reason for having taken them in and could be behind her parent's deaths. The cast has some impressive talent and features Leelee Sobieski, Stellan Skarsgard, Diane Lane, and Bruce Dern. However, the script is a little weak and leaves too much ambiguity to sustain much tension or suspense. And before long, the story falls into formula and becomes pretty predictable. There's some mystery to The Glass House, but it's rather underwhelming and lacks real peril and danger.
Super Reviewer
November 30, 2011
All the right elements are present in The Glass House, but the presentation is lacking. Leelee Sobieski has a distinct acting style that I have always enjoyed (plus she is gorgeous) and Stellan Skarsgård is one of the best villain performers of all time, but the film fails to impress through most of its duration. The action sequences are basic, the twists are seen from a mile away, yet for some reason this film remains a guilty pleasure.
Super Reviewer
December 26, 2009
The movie is fairly well written but still pretty predictable. It has suspense, action, drama and decent acting by Diane Lane, Stellan Skarsgard and Leelee Sobieski who gave an excellent performance as the cynical teenager. I liked the double-meaning of the title and the metaphor of the glass house - a very unstable house that could shatter - literally and figuratively. Too bad it falters in the middle to keep the suspense taut till the end.
Super Reviewer
½ August 23, 2007
Leelee Sobieski.
Super Reviewer
½ February 20, 2013
Fairly predictable, it's easy to guess what goes on in the film with it's heavy foreshadowing and the conventional plot. Another one of those rich people problems film featuring good actors in distress, very much the same as the films we've all seen before.
Super Reviewer
March 7, 2012
This type of movie is admittedly one of my guilty pleasures. Yes, it's extreme. No, this (probably) wouldn't happen in real life. But the situation is so weird, the "dad" so over-the-top creepy and evil, and the teenager way smarter than normal that it is a perfect storm of enjoyable movie-watching for me!
Super Reviewer
½ March 10, 2008
not bad thriller
Super Reviewer
½ May 12, 2007
Nailed the plot within the first few minutes and stuck around to see it through. Not sure why...
Super Reviewer
October 14, 2007
Starts off fine and then gets a little too crazy.
Super Reviewer
½ May 11, 2007
Not bad I suppose...Bit tame
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