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Shattered Glass
Shattered Glass
Actors: Hayden Christensen, ChloŽ Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson
Director: Billy Ray
Genres: Drama
PG-13     2004     1hr 34min

Stephen is a staff writer for the new republic & freelance writer for publications such as rolling stone. By the mid-90s his articles had turned him into one of the most sought after young journalists in washington but a b...  more »

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Actors: Hayden Christensen, ChloŽ Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson
Director: Billy Ray
Creators: Billy Ray, Adam Merims, Craig Baumgarten, Gaye Hirsch, Marc Butan, Michael Paseornek, Buzz Bissinger
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Lions Gate Films
Format: DVD - Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/23/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC
Reviewed on 6/8/2013...
I thought this movie was very good and it's based on a very true story. This guy was so smart that he could have succeeded doing things the right way. 5 stars here.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Julia P. from DALLAS, TX
Reviewed on 3/18/2011...
Not bad, but somewhat disappoining.
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Movie Reviews

Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 04/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a superb directorial debut by Billy Ray, who also wrote the script for this engrossing film. It tells the true story of how one journalist, Stephen Glass (Hayden Christiansen), a star journalist for the self-styled, in-flight magazine for Air Force One, "The New Republic", bamboozled his editors for years with bogus stories. This was to have a devastating impact on a magazine that was well-respected in the political community.The film is a riveting study of a pathological liar who had the need to be the center of attention. For years, Stephen Glass had regaled his colleagues with journalistic feats, only to have them eventually discover that they were mere mumbo jumbo, as few of them had little more than a grain of truth to them. Stephen Glass is portrayed as a slightly obnoxious, self-deprecating character, who binds his colleagues to him through his smarmy, somewhat ingratiating. personality. Michael Kelly (Hank Azaria) is the first editor of "The New Republic" with whom Stephen Glass worked. When Kelly finds something questionable in one of the stories submitted by Glass, Stephen is able to explain it away, and the incident is glossed over. When Kelly is fired by the publisher, Chuck Lane (Peter Sarsgaard) takes over under difficult circumstances, as the staff is loyal to Kelly and resentful of Lane. Still, Lane perseveres, occasionally crossing swords with Stephen Glass.All comes to a head when a reporter from another publication questions the veracity of one of Stephen's stories. An inside investigation by an anguished and angry Chuck Lane clearly shows that Stephen's story is not fact based but, rather, an elaborate deceit, false from beginning to end. Stephen's journalistic house of cards comes tumbling down around him, rocking the integrity of The New Republic. Chuck Lane is placed in the difficult position of exposing the full breadth of Stephen's journalistic perfidy, which ended up being widespread.The cast of the film is excellent overall, though I did find that Hayden Christiansen's portrayal of Stephen Glass paints him as too obvious a liar. I found it a tad difficult to believe that his colleagues gave him as much credence as they did. Chloe Sevigny contributes a fine performance as fellow journalist, Caitlin Avey, who was one of Stephen's bamboozled friends. Hank Azaria gives a fine portrayal of popular editor Michael Kelly, which shows that he can handle serious dramatic roles as adeptly as he handles comedic ones. The stand out performance, however, is that of Peter Sarsgaard, whose understated, poignant portrayal of Kelly's replacement, the beleaguered, unpopular Chuck Lane, is sensitive yet very powerful and complex.The DVD has first class audio and visuals, as well as an excellent audio commentary by both the director and Chuck Lane. It also has a must see 60 Minutes interview with Stephen Glass, which took place about five years after the events in the film. It is well worth seeing.All in all, this is an outstanding film that will keep the viewer riveted to the screen. It is one that is well worth having in one's personal film collection. Bravo!"
The Fourth Estate a Glass House?
mirasreviews | McLean, VA USA | 04/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 1999, "The New Republic" magazine that so prided itself on insightful political and social commentary was plunged into scandal when it was discovered that one of the magazine's star reporters, Stephen Glass, had fabricated many of his stories. "Shattered Glass" is the story of Stephen Glass' fall from bright young star to pariah of the journalistic community. Hayden Christensen plays Glass, whose self-deprecating, obnoxiously ingratiating manner somehow blinds his co-workers to his machinations, all while he makes self-righteous speeches about journalistic integrity. Christensen's portrayal of Glass is convincing enough to paint the man as a real character, but I hope Glass was a better liar in reality than he is in this film, because it left me dumbfounded that anyone would have ever believed a word he said. The film's stand-out performance is Peter Sarsgaard's portrayal of "The New Republic" editor, Chuck Lane, under whose authority Stephen Glass was exposed and sent packing. Chloe Sevigny and Hank Azaria also give memorable performances as fellow journalist Caitlin Avey and Michael Kelly, who was the magazine's editor before Chuck Lane, respectively. Stephen Glass was a pathological liar and a con artist, but far more interesting than Glass are the holes in journalism's fact-checking systems that his success revealed and the willingness of a bunch of the nation's supposedly bright up-and-coming journalists to believe things that were so obviously preposterous. Director Billy Ray has done an admirable job of dramatizing this true story with an impressive script which he wrote himself, based on an article by H. G. Bissinger. "Shattered Glass" is an interesting look at integrity, gullibility, and delusion in those who write the news and those who read it. And Peter Sarsgaard's performance is one of the best of 2003.The DVD: There aren't many bonus features, but what's there is excellent. There is a "60 Minutes" interview with the real Stephen Glass in which he recounts how and why he started fabricating new stories. There is also an audio commentary by director Billy Ray and the real Chuck Lane, the editor who discovered the extent of Stephen Glass' deception. This is one of the best audio commentaries I've heard on a film. Ray and Lane are both articulate and engaging. The commentary doesn't meander or have awkward silences. Lane contributes a lot of additional information on Glass and the workings of "The New Republic". Ray talks about filming, editing, and story-telling decisions. Sitting through the film a second time to listen to the commentary won't bore you to tears. If Stephen Glass' story interests you at all, I highly recommend both the commentary and the "60 Minutes" interview."
Powerful, Outstanding Performances
crazyforgems | Wellesley, MA United States | 12/31/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Find "Shattered Glass." It is an important movie albeit one that works within a small scale. It also boasts several of the year's best acting performances. Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen) is a young hotshot writer at The New Republic in the late 1990's. The New Republic may not have a large circulation-80,000-but everyone of those 80,000 does something important in Washington. Or so TNR's staff thinks. As the movie tells you several times, "The New Republic" is inflight reading on Air Force One.Glass is adored by everyone, well almost everyone, in TNR's offices. He compliments the secretaries on their choices in lipstick, he has heart-to-hearts with the bright young women on the staff, he serves as a mentor to the interns. And he produces. Story after story, expose after expose, Glass never seems to stop working at his job--except of course at night, when he attends Georgetown Law. He is able to produce these great stories because he has one fabulous source for all of them: himself. He simply fabricates facts, people, settings. Although The New Republic supposedly has a prestigious fact checking structure, he slips through the (many) cracks. Finally, a reporter at an Internet site runs into a number of holes as he prepares a follow-up to one of Glass's stories. Then the house of cards begins to fall...Glass's previous editor, Michael KElly (Hank Azaria), had had a suspicion or two but cared so much for the young reporter that he rid himself of his doubts. But his new editor, Chuck Lane (Peter Saasgard), is forced to delve deeper...and deeper...and deeper.Great performances run through this movie. Hayden Christensen inhabits this character so thoroughly that you can feel him curling up in your office and trying to "pitch" you. Peter Saasgard is AMAZING--he plays a low key, slow burning, honorable individual with a restrained passion. Chloe Sevigny is great as a brilliant reporter who is blindsided by her loyalty to Glass. This movie also depicts office politics as well as any movie that I've ever seen. And not just the politics in a newsroom but in most American offices. There's always the unpopular boss, the kid who made a few mistakes that everyone thinks should be excused, the blindly loyal co-workers. One flaw in the movie: Ray lets The New Republic off the hook for their culpability in this matter. There have been journalists like Glass around for many years-their system failed as much as he did. Still it is a riveting, well-acted movie."