Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
USA/Canada, 2003. , Baumgarten Merims Productions, Forest Park Pictures. Screenplay by Billy Ray, based on an article by Buzz Bissinger. Cinematography by Mandy Walker. Produced by Craig Baumgarten, Tove Christensen, Gaye Hirsch, Adam Merims. Music by Mychael Danna. Production Design by Francois Seguin. Costume Design by Renee April. Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford. Boston Film Critics Awards 2003. Golden Globe Awards 2003. Independent Spirit Awards 2003. National Board of Review Awards 2003. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2003. Toronto International Film Festival 2003.
In this excellent drama, Hayden Christensen plays Stephen Glass, the real-life journalist for New Republic magazine who partially or fully fabricated his articles for years before his editors caught on. This fascinating expose of the events leading up to his dismissal presents a powerful examination of the youthful folly of a lonely young man determined to make it big no matter what the cost. Christensen, in his best performance, excels as Glass, while Peter Sarsgaard steals every scene with quiet determination as his overwrought editor. The supporting cast absolutely shines, and the direction by first-timer Billy Ray is fantastic.