Shattered Glass

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Released 2003

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Director:
Billy Ray
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Shattered Glass is a 2003 documentary drama film about the rise and fall of real-life political reporter and journalist Stephan Glass (Hayden Christensen). Glass, a writer for the popular liberal magazine The New Republic, is a rising star within the company. His articles are imaginative and funny, and he seems to have an amazing knack for finding stories that nobody else can. His editor Michael Kelly (Hank Azaria) begins to suspect something might be awry when a statement in one of his most recent articles proves to be false. This begins a struggle between Glass and his coworkers (played by Chloe Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Steve Zahn, and Rosario Dawson) to determine whether he has in fact fabricated not just details, but entire stories. The total runtime of the film is 94 minutes. Anyone interested in journalism and the process of fact checking or documentary dramas will find something to like about Shattered Glass.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    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 o...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What is a most pleasant surprise is how emotionally involving a story writer-director Billy Ray has fashioned, how he's turned Shattered Glass into a film for anyone who cares abou...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Credibly and absorbingly relates the tale of journalistic fraud perpetrated by young writer Stephen Glass at the New Republic five years back.

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