This is an excellent character study, even if the "newsroom" is over-dramatized. Hayden Christensen is phenomenal as Stephen Glass, and one can't help but feel uneasy watching the psychological self-destruction.
Hayden is horrible. I also feel that there was no real story besides someone faking news articles. They tried to hard creating a narrative where none was. Gladly the first terrible movie that I've watched on Mubi.
I was in need of a film that had a language I can understand on screen, as I was sewing a duvet cover. This fitted the bill. The duvet cover is pretty great, it is made of pure rust coloured linen and weighs 5 full kilos. I went for creative hems on the sides and still completed it during the film. As a matter of fact, I am not talking about the film as it is utterly unremarkable and a little bit painful to watch
Hayden Christensen is a waste of space, but it's an interesting enough plotline and Peter Sarsgaard is spectacular. Bland cinematography when there were a multitude of opportunities at texture, but I almost see the irony in that newspaper is simplistic itself. An overall decent film, especially if you like watching a fantastic actor scream at a shitty actor.