Shattered Glass

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38

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Critic Reviews

  1. Writer-director Billy Ray is so eager to be fair-minded about everything and everyone that you can't help thinking he's a patsy, too. If he directed a movie of Othello, he'd probably try to make us feel warm and fuzzy about poor, misunderstood Iago.
  2. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    50
    As a whole, Shattered Glass is carefully constructed, intently played, and shot with creepy calm. It is also, by a considerable margin, the most ridiculous movie I have seen this year. [3 November 2003, p. 104]
  3. 50
    The Sarsgaard slow burn is only marginally more compelling than the Christensen simper; like its subject, the movie is self-important yet insipid.
  4. It irks the ink out of me to see Lane exalted as a hero for doing what any responsible editor would do, then being paid to consult on his own canonization.
  5. Uses a wraparound story to provide a hint of Glass’ deep-seated pathology, but allows no details about how it came into being.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 25, 2015
    8
    A truly compelling film about disgraced journalist Stephen Glass, Shattered Glass rides on the impressive performances of its cast andA truly compelling film about disgraced journalist Stephen Glass, Shattered Glass rides on the impressive performances of its cast and fantastic storytelling. The writing and direction from Billy Ray are both great and make for a fantastic film, but as I said, the real success here is the acting. Peter Sarsgaard steals the spotlight from the title character throughout with a fantastic performance as Chuck Lane, the new editor at The New Republic. However, Hayden Christensen is still phenomenal as Stephen Glass, while Chloe Sevigny, Steve Zahn, and Hank Azaria, are also all really good here. Billy Ray's debut feature, Shattered Glass is better than his follow-up to it, Breach, solely because this one never feels boring. Sure, the length helps with that, but it always manages to entertain, inform, and be an overall great watch. A very good film with A+ acting, Shattered Glass tells a cautionary tale about the loopholes that can be found in journalism. Full Review »
  2. Mar 29, 2012
    8
    The cast is what makes Shattered Glass the engaging film that it is. While it does somewhat follow the formula for a by-the-numbers biopic,The cast is what makes Shattered Glass the engaging film that it is. While it does somewhat follow the formula for a by-the-numbers biopic, it's the performances by a surprisingly captivating cast that makes the film so powerful. Special mention must be made of Hayden Christensen, who showed that he was much more than just a Canadian soap star / George Lucas' puppet. Christensen manages to effortlessly display the tension and terror of being "caught" in Glass' lies, and his portrayal of Glass' staunch refusal to ever admit to a lie is only amplified by Peter Sarsgaard's tenacious Chuck Lane, who only wants Glass to just admit to his mistakes. Shattered Glass isn't a perfect film, and may come off as boring to some, but if you enjoy performance pieces from an excellent cast, this film is definitely for you. Full Review »
  3. Mar 25, 2012
    5
    The film is flashy, but the filmmakers are not getting inside their character's brain at all and rather focus more on the dull procedures ofThe film is flashy, but the filmmakers are not getting inside their character's brain at all and rather focus more on the dull procedures of editing in corporate magazines. Full Review »