Magazine article American Journalism Review

Rapping on the "Glass"

Magazine article American Journalism Review

Rapping on the "Glass"

Article excerpt

The movie "Shattered Glass," about the fall from grace of New Republic reporter/fabricator Stephen Glass, opened this fall to generally enthusiastic applause from critics. Because half of the journalism industry was chomping at the bit for the film while the other half wished it would go away, it's interesting to read how the reviewers, journalists themselves, considered the film:

Hint-hint, journalism is boring

"'Shattered Glass' takes what would seem to be unpromising movie material--the true story of a magazine reporter ..."

--New York Post

"I'm not sure how interested the moviegoing public will be in the internecine struggles of the New Republic."

--Slate

"It does resemble 'All the President's Men' in the way it attempts to turn the drudgery of research into high drama."

--New York's Daily News

"'Shattered Glass' is an ardent defense of ethical journalism--which is moving, but may not be all that exciting to a general audience."

--OC Weekly

Icky, wet description of Stephen Glass

"He's a creep so smug, oily and manipulative you crave his downfall ..."

--New York Post

"Glass is a slippery character."

--The Hollywood Reporter

Glass "is played by Hayden Christensen with a clammy, obsequious brilliance."

--Suburban New York's Journal News

"Christensen ... plays Glass with a wet, red weak mouth and a wan lack of focus."

--OC Weekly

For insiders only

"The Glass story can still exert a morbid fascination among journalists of a certain age and temperament, the kind of people who spend way too much time surfing media-gossip blogs and Web sites and who are generally obsessed with tracking the behavior of the fish in the neighboring bowls."

--New York Times

"It's a change to see a story with editors as the heroes."

--Newark's Star-Ledger

"Next to the subsequent Jayson Blair debacle at the New York Times, the Glass affair is about as scandalous as a condom found in the parking lot at a National Young Christian Leadership Conference. …

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