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2.62

Awesome: 3.33%
Worth A Look: 18.33%
Average: 30%
Pretty Bad33.33%
Total Crap: 15%

5 reviews, 30 user ratings


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Glass House, The (2001)
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by Brian McKay

"Let me cast the first stone"
2 stars

Well, it's official. The so-called "thriller" genre is dead. Or at least it would appear to be with this latest example of mediocrity. what really pisses me off about movies like this is that they allude to works and artists far superior to their own dreck, such as Hitchcock or, in this case, Shakespeare. As if quoting the greats somehow lends credibility to their product, or even puts in in the same leauge.

While "Glass House" runs the gamut of suspense-movie cliche's, It does have one winning combination going for it - Lelee Sobieski and tight tops. Jesus, if this girl's ever been in a film where the wardrobe wasn't painstakingly designed to show off her rack, then I've never seen it. But big boobs and a pretty face do not make for a good actress, and she is painfully wooden and dull for the most part. Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard turn in competent performances as the menacing legal guardians, but the whole thing is just so bloody predictable that it takes all the fun out of it.

When Ruby Baker's (Lelee) parents are killed in a car wreck, she and her younger brother go to live with the Glass couple, who coincidentally live in a Glass House (oh my, what a clever double entendre). They are controlling and duplicitous from the start, and Ruby suspects that they may have had something to do with her parents death due to a combination of the Glass's financial problems and the fact that a 4 million dollar trust fund has been left behind for Ruby and her younger brother. It's all a typical cat and mouse game from there on, as she tries to thwart her malevolent care-givers. Meanwyhile, as she muddles through a paper on "Hamlet" for school in the midst of her espionage, the Bard is quoted time and again, gilding the already-predictable lily with unecessary foreshadowing. She pulls off her revenge fairly well, until a tacked on ending for "added suspense" rears it's ugly head. Once again, Hollywood couldn't leave well enough (or in this case, Poor enough) alone.

It's sad that the suspense genre has all but ceased to be suspenseful. Thank god for films like "Memento", which occasionally remind us that we haven't necessarily seen it all before. As for "The Glass House", well, it's business as usual, and the blades in the cookie cutter are getting dull.

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User Comments

2/20/11 Ark Leelee is hot, movie somehow captures a sense of dread! 3 stars
10/05/10 PAUL SHORTT PREDICTABLE, MELODRAMATIC THRILLER 2 stars
7/20/08 Shaun Wallner This is the kind of movie you fall asleep too. 1 stars
2/14/07 Sleez Boy Probably the worst crap I've seen, doesn't accomplish anything, but HATE for this films! >{ 1 stars
12/03/06 David Pollastrini Leelee Sobieski is hot! 5 stars
7/29/05 Nobody Dark, creepy, paranoid. I was expecting a better ending, but it is pretty suspenseful 3 stars
6/18/05 Indrid Cold Leelee looks like ayoung Helen Hunt, which is the most interesting thing about this movie. 2 stars
6/05/05 Joe This movie makes you wanna hate your mother 1 stars
3/11/05 Danielle R. A thoroughly entertaining thriller. Excellent art direction. 5 stars
11/15/04 Robert It sucks! 1 stars
2/05/04 NewYork I enjoyed it very much 4 stars
2/01/04 Lindsay IT'S GREAT 4 stars
10/01/03 Samuel Justus Suspenseful! Damn! It would suck if this ever happened to someone! 4 stars
9/05/03 Natalie Stonecipher Heroine's a brat; Skarsgård too nice to hate for too much of movie. Average 3 stars
9/05/03 Jin So outrageous, depressing, and just wretched 1 stars
8/25/03 Carrie Kohl Anything like subliminable, OthersFan? What dat you say, Darlene?!? 4 stars
6/25/03 TheOthersFan this does fall under the genre of unintentionable-sick-sense-of-humor comedies, right? 1 stars
1/05/03 Goofy Maxwell Like watching retarded fish trying to keep their heads above water. 1 stars
10/11/02 SiliconHero HAHAHAHAHAHA...wait...you said this was a thriller? Coulda fooled me! 2 stars
8/14/02 palaboy101 good movie... 'nuff said. 4 stars
5/16/02 Darlene Groetz The movie where Leelee Sobieski became a zombie of the tragic wands. 2 stars
2/23/02 Unanon Oooooh! Spooky! <----- Note sarcasm. 2 stars
2/17/02 John Lyons Would have been watchable if Lelee had gotten naked. 2 stars
2/04/02 Natalie Stonecipher Heroine's a brat; Skarsg@rd too nice to hate for too much of movie 3 stars
1/13/02 Andrew Carden Predictible, but Still Watchaable Teen Thriller. 3 stars
1/08/02 greensweater Hilarious! 1 stars
11/24/01 Roy Smith Best appreciated with a box of kleenex, and I don't mean for crying. 3 stars
10/15/01 Schmidty72 Was promising but Sobieski's character is just not likable. 2 stars
10/07/01 KCMichelle My grandmother's funeral was less predictable. 1 stars
9/18/01 FriscoJohn Average at BEST 2 stars
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  14-Sep-2001 (PG-13)

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