Feb 08,2011

If You Liked ‘The Social Network,’ You Might Like … ‘Shattered Glass’

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If you liked ‘The Social Network,’ you might like the underrated movie ‘Shattered Glass,’ from 2003.

The difference in the two portrayals — and perhaps what made ‘The Social Network’ more commercially and critically successful — was that Eisenberg gave Facebook’s founder a touch of humanity that is lacking in Christensen’s choice to make Glass totally unsympathetic.

In the end, Glass’ friends at the New Republic side with Chuck and he is alone at the conference table — the same way Zuckerberg is left in ‘The Social Network.’ The only difference is, Zuckerberg is a billionaire and Glass is disgraced. Source

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6 Responses to “If You Liked ‘The Social Network,’ You Might Like … ‘Shattered Glass’”

  1. Comment by Ruth in February 9, 2022 @ 9:11 pm

    I thought this was quite a nice article, of course, in my opinion Shattered Glass far surpasses Social Network in every way. The characters in Shattered Glass were fleshed out beatifully by Hayden and Peter and they both won awards for it. Social Network just seemed like a “teenie bopper” version of a good movie. It was totally geered to the youth and I really didn’t like the acting that much.

  2. Comment by diamondeyed in February 9, 2022 @ 9:36 pm

    I was a bit annoyed that the writer of the article said that Hayden’s performance was lacking because he played his character unsympathetically. By the end it’s true that Stephen Glass loses the audience’s sympathy, but for more than half of the film Hayden plays him as friendly, charismatic, and funny.
    Hayden plays characters that aren’t necessarily perfect or good examples to live by. And I commend him for that because it takes balls. True actors don’t take roles to make them look good and give them glory. A true actor plays a variety of characters even if those characters are bad. If a person as an actor keeps taking roles that make him/her look like the good guy, he/she’s not in the business to be a creative actor. They want people to like them. And that’s stupid. Acting is about inhabiting a character and Hayden in general does that well.
    Just one more reason that I like him. :)

  3. Comment by ATLqueen in February 9, 2022 @ 10:55 pm


    You do know that the movie was about young adults, right? And as much as I liked Shattered Glass I thought The Social Network was WAY better. In fact, if I didn’t know what Shattered Glass was and someone told me to watch it after seeing The Social Network I would still be thinking about The Social Network. No offense.

  4. Comment by Stephanie C in February 10, 2022 @ 1:11 am

    I think the whole point was that we’re not supposed to feel sympathy for Glass. He’s a pathological liar. We’re supposed to be siding with Chuck and the magazine. That reviewer doesn’t get it.

  5. Comment by Ruth in February 11, 2022 @ 10:22 pm

    Yes, the writer does not get Hayden or the movie, it was odd to me that he would even “suggest” someone see Shattered Glass if they liked Social Network but it was an article urging people to see Shattered Glass so I thought it was worth while. Someone just might see Shattered Glass and see what WE see in Hayden and be a new fan! Who knows? I’m with y’all, Hayden is a wonderful actor and a good all around human being, just wish the internet folks would figure that out instead of bash him all the time.

  6. Comment by Lakeisha in February 17, 2022 @ 7:32 pm

    I loved Shattered Glass and I think it’s one of Hayden’s best performances. The brilliance about Hayden’s performance in Shattered Glass was that although Stephen Glass was manipulative, pathological liar, and a social climber, in the film I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. Everytime he would say “Are you made at me”, or “Did I do something wrong”, it just made me want to give him a big hug. That show’s how great of a performance Hayden really gave, to take someone who we should not have sympathy for and make us empathetic towards the character although he’s done these horrible things. Hayden was convincing as Stephen Glass. I enjoyed Social Network as well and I think Jesse Eisenberg did a wonderful job in that as well so there similar in subject but two totally different films.