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Shattered Glass (2003)

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

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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.
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Cast

Hayden Christensen
as Stephen Glass
Peter Sarsgaard
as Charles `Chuck' Lane
Chloë Sevigny
as Caitlin Avey
Melanie Lynskey
as Amy Brand
Hank Azaria
as Michael Kelly
Steve Zahn
as Adam Penenberg
Mark Blum
as Lewis Estridge
Simone-Elise Girard
as Catarina Bannier
Jamie Elman
as Aaron Bluth
Chad E. Donella
as David Bach
Luke Kirby
as Rob Gruen
Cas Anvar
as Kambiz Foroohar
Ted Kotcheff
as Marty Peretz
Owen Rotharmel
as Ian Restil
Bill Rowat
as George Sims
Michele Scarabelli
as Ian's Mother
Terry Simpson
as Joe Hiert
Andrew Airlie
as Alec Shumpert
Russell Yuen
as Emmit Rich
Pierre Yves Leblanc
as Monica Merchant No. 1
Pauline Little
as Monica Merchant No. 2
Kim Taschereau
as Stout Woman
Phillip Cole
as Security Guard
Mark Camocho
as Glass' Lawyer
Ian Blouin
as Chuck's Son
Lynne Adams
as Kelly's Colleague
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All Critics (167) | Top Critics (39)

Does a superb job in presenting four of the five journalistic 'Ws' of its story: the who, what, where and when. It fails, however, on the essential 'why' of the tale.

Full Review… | November 28, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

What are we to learn from this? Not the broad lesson that every line of work has its share of charlatans: The script is way too pious to swallow such a generic pill. And not anything important about Glass, since there's no real character examination.

Full Review… | November 28, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A sober, wry and often riveting account of an infamous moment in journalism.

November 26, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

As directed by Billy Ray, the film has an exceptionally tight focus and a fascinating story to tell.

Full Review… | November 14, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Reminds you how our culture's emphasis on success and stardom in any field -- and the betrayal of ethics to attain them -- has a cumulative, corrosive effect on society, no matter how small the stage may be.

November 14, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Smart about good vs. evil.

Full Review… | November 14, 2003
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Shattered Glass

½

"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.

REVIEW
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
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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½

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

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

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familiar stranger

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