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Shattered Glass Reviews

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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
March 27, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 28, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 28, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 26, 2003
A sober, wry and often riveting account of an infamous moment in journalism.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 14, 2003
As directed by Billy Ray, the film has an exceptionally tight focus and a fascinating story to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 14, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 14, 2003
Smart about good vs. evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 14, 2003
Excels at the kind of straight-ahead storytelling that's both involving and satisfying.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 14, 2003
A good movie about a real-life problem journalist that unfortunately has almost nothing to do with journalism's real-life problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 14, 2003
Not only an honest depiction of one journalist's rampant dishonesty but a compelling movie by just about any standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 13, 2003
It's funny and gripping, a story about people that also happens to be about journalistic principle.
Read More | Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 13, 2003
It's a thoughtful, well-paced look at one pathetic kid's lies, and our equally pathetic willingness to accept them as truth.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 13, 2003
A study in moviemaking that doesn't resonate beyond its subject matter.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dallas Morning News
November 13, 2003
Here's a verdict that Shattered Glass makes abundantly clear: Hayden Christensen can act.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 13, 2003
Although this is a journalism movie, it carries the wide appeal of a modern-day morality play.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 13, 2003
It takes craft, insight and expert delivery to make an 'insider' story interesting to those on the outside. And that's exactly what Shattered Glass does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 11, 2003
Hayden Christensen strikes all the right notes as the talented, charming and very cloying Stephen Glass, who made a huge splash at the New Republic magazine in the late 1990s with colorful stories.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 7, 2003
A satisfying, dramatically absorbing account.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 7, 2003
An impressively compelling film about disgraced journalist Stephen Glass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 7, 2003
A scarily compelling thriller that puts journalistic ethics on trial.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 7, 2003
The movie is smart about journalism because it is smart about offices.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 7, 2003
The interplay between [Stephen] Glass and [Charles] Lane is riveting and rigorous.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 6, 2003
A film that strikes me as too slick and self-satisfied by half, like its preppie, suck-up hero.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 6, 2003
About as well executed as any movie I've seen this year.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 6, 2003
Sarsgaard plays Lane with great subtlety and grace.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 1, 2003
Next to the subsequent Jayson Blair debacle at The New York Times, the Glass affair is about as scandalous as a condom found in the parking lot at a National Youth Christian Leadership Conference.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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November 1, 2003
It doesn't have the shape of a great drama: It has some whopping omissions, and its uplifting climax is an eye-roller. But it makes us feel the way our forefathers must have felt after a really good public stoning.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 31, 2003
Told in dully straightforward terms, there's nothing here that would feel out of place in an old-fashioned TV movie. That doesn't make the drama any less compelling though.
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October 31, 2003
One of the best films I've seen this year.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 30, 2003
An astute and surprisingly gripping drama not only about the ethics of magazine writing, but also, more generally, about the subtle political and psychological dynamics of modern office culture.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 30, 2003
Christensen is so good in the role ... that you wonder anew what went wrong with his performance as Anakin Skywalker in the last Star Wars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 30, 2003
Even if you don't care much about the responsibility of the press, I think you will find this cautionary tale one terrific movie.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 30, 2003
More than being a smart and accurate look at magazine journalism -- no small matter -- Shattered Glass is also a compelling portrait of a psychosis at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 30, 2003
Christensen immerses himself completely and chillingly into the skin of Glass.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 30, 2003
I'm heartened that someone still has enough faith in the fourth estate to imagine this tawdry saga as an old-fashioned morality play in which the good guys come up tops.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 29, 2003
Right from the start, Hayden Christensen is a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 28, 2003
Shattered Glass may be light when it comes to psychological questions, but its detailed accounting of Glass' actions makes for fascinating viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 28, 2003
Like its subject, the movie is self-important yet insipid.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2003
A compellingly competent telling of the scandalous fall from grace of New Republic staff writer Stephen Glass.