Parents' Guide to

Shattered Glass

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Journalistic scandal story best for older teens.

Movie PG-13 2003 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+

Not for Watching in School

This movie is not for watching in school. There's a lot of F'bombs, smoking, a suicide attempt, looks like prostitutes, and drinking. All of this is very casual. It looks like what teens should be expected to do at that age. I can see if parents watch this with their child it would be okay. This is not for watching in school.
age 13+

Stephen Glass review

Stephen Glass is a great movie overall, It is about a charming young man who turns out to be quite a liar. His stories are amazing but they turn out to be not real, he faces some troubles along the way and digs himself in his lies even deeper. What i liked about it is that it is based on real life situations, what i don't like is that he lied so much. I highly recommend this movie, especially to journalist students.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Christensen does a decent job, though we are never as charmed by Glass as his colleagues at The New Republic. Although the movie's introduction makes it clear that Glass is a liar, screenwriter/director Billy Ray (Hart's War) manages to keep us unsettled by not always letting us know what is real and what is imagined by Glass.

Maybe it is just being forewarned that makes Glass seem less ingratiating than just grating. Ray has a good feel for the culture and atmosphere of the community of Washington journalists -- overworked, underpaid, and a little too smart and inbred. There are splendid performances by Sarsgaard, Zahn, and especially Hank Azaria as the late Michael Kelly.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 30, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: March 23, 2004
  • Cast: Chloe Sevigny , Hayden Christensen , Peter Sarsgaard
  • Director: Billy Ray
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: language, sexual references and brief drug use
  • Last updated: February 28, 2024

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