Shattered Glass (2003)



Critic Consensus: A compelling look at Stephen Glass' fall from grace.

Movie Info

The true story of journalist Stephen Glass, the twenty-something whiz kid who quickly rose from a minor writing post in Washington, to a feature writer in such publications as Rolling Stone and the New Republic. By the mid-90s, Glass' articles had turned him into one of the most sought-after young journalists in Washington--until a bizarre chain of events suddenly stopped his career dead in its tracks.

Rating: PG-13 (for language, sexual references and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Billy Ray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2004
Box Office: $2.1M
Lions Gate Films Inc. - Official Site


as Stephen Glass

as Charles `Chuck' Lane

as Caitlin Avey

as Amy Brand

as Michael Kelly

as Adam Penenberg

as Lewis Estridge

as Catarina Bannier

as Aaron Bluth

as David Bach

as Rob Gruen

as Kambiz Foroohar

as Marty Peretz

as Ian Restil

as George Sims

as Ian's Mother

as Joe Hiert

as Alec Shumpert

as Emmit Rich

as Monica Merchant No. ...

as Monica Merchant No. ...

as Stout Woman

as Security Guard

as Glass' Lawyer

as Chuck's Son

as Kelly's Colleague

as Mrs. Duke

as Caterina Lane
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Critic Reviews for Shattered Glass

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (44)

Journalistic scandal story best for older teens.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Using unexpectedly suspenseful character drama, "Shattered Glass" elevates itself to the upper echelon of journalism films. Unless there's ever a 24 famous enough to warrant biopic treatment, this will likely be Christensen's only great performance.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010

Perhaps the best exploration of American journalism this past decade has seen.

Full Review… | September 7, 2010
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Journalistic ethics are scrupulously explored in this crystal-clear dramatization of real-life "New Republic" feature writer Stephen Glass's meteoric rise and rapid dissolution over falsified articles he wrote for the publication during the mid '90s as a

Full Review… | May 10, 2009

An excellent movie with a suspenseful and engrossing story...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Not a particularly cinematic story, but outstanding performances justify this production

Full Review… | April 14, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Shattered Glass


"Read between the lies."

The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles.

A fascinating glimpse into the brain of a sociopath, all the more interesting as it's based on real events from 1997. Christensen has the lead role as the so-called journalist Glass, a far cry from his Anakin character of "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith." He hides behind a pair of thick glasses and adopts a strange, sickeningly sweet persona that, of course, hides a manipulative psychotic. That's the trick the actor manages to pull off - he has to get the audience to believe in and understand both sides of the character. A chronic liar, his fabrications become so involved and complex that they in themselves form a fascinating thread in the story. Most of Glass's tales have a small kernel of truth, but the majority is all made up. So he invents additional bogus material and fake evidence to back up the original fabrications, such as websites & voice-mails. It's like seeing a whole separate made up world created and co-existing with ours, all springing from Glass's warped mind.

Glass also reminds me of more dangerous social misfits, such as serial killers, so a couple of scenes towards the end especially carry an extra chill. When Glass is found out, another interesting process which unravels his lies, Christensen shows us he really worked out the character. His desperation and seeming despair is alarming to behold and fits in with the character we saw in the first half of the film. The detective work done by Steve Zahn's character to begin finding out what's untrue is also very interesting to observe, and then Glass's own editor (Sarsgaard), new on the job, follows up on the groundwork laid out to finally deduce what has sort of been in front of them the whole time. Sarsgaard, a very good actor, is a standout juggling new pressures, mixed feelings and finally resolve to get at the truth. The film captured the real truth of what happened back then, based on what we can see of the real Glass on the "60 Minutes" interview.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer


What a really great movie! This is based on the true story of a guy who pulled the wool over the eyes of his employers for a long time. This was a very, very interesting story.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Would've made it to my faves list had it not been for its sloppy execution & poor acting by the lead actor.

familiar stranger

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