MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 13 this week

The Glass House (2001)

5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 22,520 users   Metascore: 34/100
Reviews: 197 user | 96 critic | 17 from Metacritic.com

An orphaned teenager is taken in by a Malibu couple but discovers they aren't the caring friends they seemed to be.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $7.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 03 Jun 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 01 Jul 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 21 Nov 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 07 Feb 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 31 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Glass House" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Glass House (2001)

The Glass House (2001) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Glass House.
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

One year after losing their son David, Eve Goode and her husband Raymond Goode adopt the orphan Ethan Snow (and his teenager sister Abby Snow and bring them to their mansion nearby a lake. ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Antin
Stars: Angie Harmon, Joel Gretsch, Jordan Hinson
The Glass House (TV Movie 1972)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young guard and a college professor convicted of manslaughter both start their first day in prison.

Director: Tom Gries
Stars: Vic Morrow, Alan Alda, Clu Gulager
The Glass House (TV Series 2012)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

14 contestants will live together and compete against each other and the viewers for $250,000 grand prize. Viewers will be able to support the contestants they like through online and ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Bryant, Ashley Forrestier, Joy Glass
Joy Ride (2001)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Matthew Kimbrough, Leelee Sobieski, Steve Zahn
Glass House I (2006)
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Twenty-five to thirty thousand Jews were issued life-saving certificates of Salvadoran citizenship thanks to the El Salvador Action and its officials: Consul General Jose Arturo Castellanos... See full summary »

Director: Brad Marlowe
Stars: James Foster Jr., Princess of Controversy, James J. Johnson
Gunshy (1998)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When the New York journalist Jake Bridges catches his girlfriend with another guy, he goes to Atlantic City to drink himself to oblivion. He is saved from a bar brawl by a small-time ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Celentano
Stars: William Petersen, Michael Wincott, Diane Lane
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Reece McHenry is a used-clothing store owner and Carol Fitzsimmons is a seamstress working in that store. The film follows the story of their relationships from 1960s till present time (as ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Masterson
Stars: Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Diane Lane
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Nancy Ryan
...
...
Uncle Jack
...
Dave Baker
...
Don
...
...
Tasha
...
E.B. (as China Jesusita Shavers)
...
Zoe
...
Mr. Kim
...
Hannah
Edit

Storyline

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. Written by Robert Rosado <valentine@love-hurts.org>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

friend | death | car | car accident | glass | See more »

Taglines:

The glass is about to be shattered... See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sinister thematic elements, violence, drug content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Glass House  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,738,448 (USA) (14 September 2001)

Gross:

$17,951,431 (USA) (16 November 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Kip Pardue was to play Leelee Sobieski's love interest, but his character was deleted. See more »

Goofs

When the kids are in the police car, Ruby's position in the back seat changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
E.B.: [leaving movie] Scared the living crap out of me!
Ruby Baker: Meryl Streep, that girl was not.
Zoe: Who's Meryl Streep?
Tasha: Oh, Zoe, she's like Katie Holmes to our parents, okay?
E.B.: So, what's next ladies?
Ruby Baker: I have to go home.
E.B.: No!
Ruby Baker: Yeah, make... make that a that a block from home. I can't have another close encounter with my parents. They think I'm home in bed...
See more »

Crazy Credits

The first few images of the film appear as if they are made of glass. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Dear John
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Come out, come out, wherever you are. (spoilers)
10 March 2005 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

You might initially be reluctant to give 'The Glass House' a try if you've been turned off by many recent "thrillers" as they often have been disappointingly by the book. This is your eerie psychotic chase thriller similar to movies like 'Pacific Heights' and 'Unlawful Entry.' And, though it does play by the rules (unforutnately), there is something about it that makes it more entertaining than the recent dismal fare (not that Pacific Heights wasn't highly entertaining).

Leelee Sobieski plays Ruby Baker, a kid going through the terrible teens. When she and her brother's parents die in a car accident, they move in with ultra-modern family friends, Terry and Erin Glass. You know right from the start that there is something dreadfully suspicious and exceedingly bizarre about the Glass couple, but you can never be too sure exactly what at first (that's the purpose of a thriller, to throw you a few hints and let your quick assumptions guide you into all the wrong paths so that you're--hopefully--pleasantly surprised when the real perpetrator and his motives are revealed). But, Ruby Baker is a smart kid who's ever-present skepticism about the intentions of her new surrogate parents, and starts trying to figure out what's wrong. Unfortunately, this movie does terribly follow the book when it comes to the main character being disbelieved by other well-meaning characters (social workers, lawyers, teachers, etc.) who consequently pay with their lives for their doubts and unwillingness to really investigate, and in turn, making things worse for poor Ruby. It also follows the book when it comes to the deranged finale and the he's-not-really dead ending.

But, there is something that makes this better than most of its kind. On the one hand, you're never sure whether you can always trust Ruby because even she, too, arrogant most of the time, seems like trouble. It's hard to sympathize for a character like that at first. And, not only does Stellan Skarsgård make an appropriate villain as Terry Glass, his wife (played by Diane Lane) is not entirely an innocent creature herself as most women are often written to be in the role of the creep's wife/girlfriend/mother, etc. A good mix of characters and a creepy setting, combined with a decent finale, make it just the perfect mix of suspenseful elements. And one that I would recommend seeing.


20 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ruby in the sweatpants you can see.... Devm251979
Bagleiter: Friend or Foe? chriscaulder
This is just a GREAT movie Jesper_the_Moose
What was that stuff? gurlieblu3158
Is there a movie similar to glass house? ngia517
Terry's car braegann-1
Discuss The Glass House (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?