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 portrays a sniveling, whining, brown-nosing compulsive liar with precision. His deadpan style of flat delivery suits the role of an emotionless sociopath perfectly, and he's helped by an overall excellent cast, especially Sarsgaard. Excellent film about a bullshitter getting bullshat.