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Shattered Glass (2004)

Hayden Christensen , ChloŽ Sevigny , Billy Ray  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, ChloŽ Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson
  • Directors: Billy Ray
  • Writers: Billy Ray, Buzz Bissinger
  • Producers: Adam Merims, Craig Baumgarten, Gaye Hirsch, Marc Butan, Michael Paseornek
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001907AI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shattered Glass" on IMDb

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  • "60 Minutes" interview with the real Stephen Glass

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Stephen Glass is a staff writer for the respected current events and policy magazine The New Republic and a freelance feature writer for Roling Stone, Harper's Bazaar and George. By the mid-90's, Glass' articles ahd turned him into one of the most sought

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THOSE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES... April 24, 2004
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.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fourth Estate a Glass House? April 14, 2004
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. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shattered Glass Delivers September 8, 2004
I heard about this movie a month ago and finally had the chance to watch it last night. It is a great film. I am an author and love movies about my chosen trade. This film did not disappoint.

The story of Stephen Glass and how he managed to dupe all of his co-workers into believing he was a trustworthy writer is a work-of-art in itself. So I was amazed when the director (Billy Ray) was able to present in such a way as to not rely soley on the plot, but involve some great acting and a few side stories that worked quite well: Having Glass in a classroom telling his success story to high school students, showing the journalist who wanted to change her writing style to that of the successful Glass, and touching on the concept of what makes a great editor.

This movie pulls you in right from the start and keeps you interested the whole way through. I wouldn't even answer the phone while watching the movie.

Hayden Christensen turned in a flawless performance as Stephen Glass. It was a pleasure watching this young actor work his magic on screen.

Peter Sarsgaard was also brilliant as the new editor at the magazine. He is an extremely talented actor, completely convincing in his role as a man thrust into a position he didn't necessarily want, but then rises to the occasion when the Glass controversy erupts.

All in all, I can't see how anyone could not like this film; it's based on a true story, is directed very well, and has some great actors. I highly suggest people see this movie. It will keep you entertained throughout.

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5.0 out of 5 stars How Much of this Film Is True?
SHATTERED GLASS is an interesting film. It is rather engrossing. The characters do seem a bit shallow, but I guess that was the intent of the filmmakers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gobirds2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just a great movie, and true
Published 1 month ago by billmac mexico
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
Great for high school journalism students to learn why fabricating details is harmful and career-ending. Movie was well done and engaging.
Published 4 months ago by Dalia Cuenca
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Seeing
Hayden's performance was outstanding .....a fantastic poytral of a seemingly....."closeted, boy next store wunderkind" yet amazingly lovable....... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mary Ellen Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accurate portrayal
Excellent movie! Great acting and very accurate portrayal of true events concerning journalistic fraud at one of the nation's most respected magazines..
Published 5 months ago by james frost
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this movie fascinating
I read an article about Stephen Glass being denied the opportunity to take the bar exam in NY because of his obvious lack of morals. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for a lazy day
I had heard about this story before and enjoyed the movie.

I think this happens far more than one time, however. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pinkyrose
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See Movie!
I gave this movie 5 stars because it is so interesting, intriguing, and entertaining! Hayden Christensen does an outstanding job of playing Stephen Glass, the young journalist for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deborah Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair
This movie is fair. It does keep you wondering about what's going on, but I wouldn't recommend buying it. Renting it and seeing it once is quite enough.
Published 6 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick
I had to watch this for a class assignment, and I'm glad I did. it's an interesting topic. The acting was great.
Published 7 months ago by Ziggy Palauni
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