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With: Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Melanie Lynskey, Hank Azaria, Steve Zahn
Written by: Billy Ray, based on an article by Buzz Bissinger
Directed by: Billy Ray
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, sexual references and brief drug use
Running Time: 95
Date: 08/10/2003

Shattered Glass (2003)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Fraud Man Out

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

It's just a little creepy to make a celebrity out of this greatfaker, but Shattered Glass nonetheless is an even and grippingportrait of Stephen Glass, the New Republic reporter who fabricated manyof his published stories at the magazine, circa 1998. Actor HaydenChristensen presents Glass as a needy and somewhat charmingpassive-aggressive, though I'm still not sure if the performance works.I would have liked to try something snakier, like Christian Bale'sperformance in American Psycho. Peter Sarsgaard does good things withChuck Lane, the unpopular editor who discovers Glass's transgressions.But the real Lane reportedly served as a consultant on the film, whichprobably explains why the fictional Lane comes out as a hero.Screenwriter Billy Ray (Color of Night, Hart's War) makes hisdirectorial debut, and though the film is both seductive and maddening,you can't quite write it off. It sticks in your brain. Steve Zahn, HankAzaria, Rosario Dawson and Melanie Lynskey co-star, and the wonderfulChloe Sevigny gives a great, understated performance as Glass's closestcolleague.

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