Lions Gate Films | Release Date: October 31, 2003
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FranzHcriticJun 18, 2017
From watching the 'Star Wars' prequels, I, like many, came to the conclusion that Hayden Christensen's acting is as flat as the top of a plateau and more annoying than a pop up ad. But after viewing 'Shattered Glass,' I was wrong. HeFrom watching the 'Star Wars' prequels, I, like many, came to the conclusion that Hayden Christensen's acting is as flat as the top of a plateau and more annoying than a pop up ad. But after viewing 'Shattered Glass,' I was wrong. He perfectly embodies the two-face personality of Stephen Glass. Even with this remarkable performance, he's still overshadowed by Peter Sarsgaard's Chuck Lane,the unwavering editor who sought the truth and ended up exposing Glass. It's a well made bio that, while not being able to save Christensen's career, proves all of his haters wrong, like me. Expand
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LighterThingsMar 29, 2012
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. SpecialThe 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. Expand
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SpangleSep 25, 2015
A 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 fantasticA 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. Expand
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DoehlMar 25, 2012
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 of editing in corporate magazines.
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Compi24Aug 26, 2018
Screenwriter Billy Ray's first directorial effort recounts the rise and fall of one of journalism's most promising up-and-comers, Stephen Glass, a New Republic writer who knowingly fabricated more than half of his works while at the notedScreenwriter Billy Ray's first directorial effort recounts the rise and fall of one of journalism's most promising up-and-comers, Stephen Glass, a New Republic writer who knowingly fabricated more than half of his works while at the noted news magazine. Spearheaded primarily by what I've come to believe is far and away Hayden Christensen's best performance, "Shattered Glass" is a mostly fascinating glimpse into one of journalism's most jaw-dropping true stories, and the manner in which Ray relates and frames it is nothing short of the epitome of the cinematic long con -- holding the audience just within the realm of interest long enough to keep them around for when things really start to get amazing. And the final act is most definitely something of note. Expand
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BKoppAug 3, 2020
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. To form a character, who is both humble and bold is truly magnificent. Hayden’s role quiet disposition deceives the viewer, making him so lovable and seemingly innocent. The ending truly makes you dislike all opposing Glass. Expand
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