Glass Chin is a 2014 American crime drama film written and directed by Noah Buschel, starring Corey Stoll, Billy Crudup, Marin Ireland, Yul Vazquez and Kelly Lynch. It premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Glass Chin
Glass Chin 2014 Film Poster.jpg
Directed byNoah Buschel
Produced by
  • Samantha Housman
  • Louisa Runge
  • Susan A. Stover
Screenplay byNoah Buschel
CinematographyRyan Samul
Edited byJennifer Ruff
OneZero Productions
Distributed byPhase 4 Films
Release date
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States


Bud Gordon, a burned-out former boxing champ, trains Kid Sunshine, an up-and-coming welterweight contender, and collects debts for JJ Cook, a slick Manhattan entrepreneur. Bud soon finds himself framed for murder, having to choose between his integrity and his aspirations.[1][2]



Shortly after Corey Stoll finished filming the first season of House of Cards, Noah Buschel recruited him to play the lead role in Glass Chin. Stoll had previous boxing training from his portrayal of Ernest Hemingway in the 2011 film Midnight in Paris. He trained for three weeks at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York.[3] Billy Crudup was given the script by Yul Vazquez, who had previously worked with Buschel.[4]

Buschel categorizes the film "in the ex-boxer genre of Budd Schulberg's On The Waterfront, Jim Thompson's After Dark, My Sweet, and Walter Mosley's Leonid McGill books."[5] The film was shot all over New York City, including in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and in New Jersey,[6] on a Red digital camera.[1] It was Buschel's third film with cinematographer Ryan Samul.[7]


Glass Chin premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on April 19, 2014,[8] where it was one of 12 films selected for the World Narrative Competition.[9] It was given a limited theatrical release on June 26, 2015.[10]

Buschel wrote about the cynicism of the distributors who falsely advertised Glass Chin as a gun movie. "Targeting Kids: Should the MPAA Rate Gun Violence in Movies?".

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a critics' approval rating of 85 percent based on 20 reviews and an average rating of 7/10.[11] Metacritic rated it 64/100 based on 10 reviews.[12] The performances were widely praised, those of Stoll and Crudup in particular.[1][13][14][improper synthesis?] The Los Angeles Times said the film is fueled by "punchy dialogue, sharply drawn characters and excellent performances," and that Buschel's directing gives it "a distinct place in the often derivative world of neo-noir."[15] Indiewire called the film "the work of an underappreciated and sharp filmmaker"[16] and "one of the strongest films ever to grace the international narrative competition at the Tribeca Film Festival," giving it an A-: "Glass Chin confirms Buschel to be among the most interesting voices lurking in the margins of American cinema. It is a boxing picture without a single fight, a thriller where the murder takes place off screen, a slow burn modern neo-noir with dialogue as memorable as Mamet’s that wears the cadences and uninflected, symmetrical compositions of an Ozu picture effortlessly, mixing these influences in a way that seems all its own."[17] Slant Magazine gave it 4 out of 5 stars,[18] The Village Voice called it "A rich character study that captures the inner lives and unexpectedly astute insights of brusque, macho, old-school New York guys and the women in their lives."[14] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "For all its impressive formal rigor, this modern-day noir fails to connect on an emotional level."[19] Nicolas Rapold of The New York Times wrote that it "feels designed to within an inch of its life".[20] Bilge Ebiri of wrote, "Story-wise, nothing in Glass Chin will surprise you. But stylistically, the film's got something cool going on."[13] Peter Debruge of Variety wrote that "Between Buschel's script and Stoll's performance, Glass Chin finds fresh humanity in a seemingly exhausted genre."[21]Frank Lovece of Film Journal International wrote, "It's surely no coincidence, given the interest that Bud's Jersey-girl girlfriend Ellen (Marin Ireland) takes in Zen teachings that the hero's name could be short for Buddhist. Whatever the reasoning, Glass Chin is a remarkable little movie with a distinct rhythm and such a startling swirl of nihilistic honor that you want to see where Buschel goes from here. Like a West-of-Hudson Abel Ferrara, whose silver-blue King of New York color scheme infuses this film's Manhattan, Buschel explores the lies we tell ourselves about being an honorable man in a dishonorable world."[22]

The Los Angeles Times cited Billy Crudup's performance as one of the 8 efforts that measure up to the Oscar nominees, saying that he "stole the show".[23]

Marin Ireland was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress.[24]


  1. ^ a b c Peter Debruge, “Tribeca Film Review: ‘Glass Chin’,” Variety, May 4, 2014.
  2. ^ Odie Henderson, “Glass Chin,”, June 26, 2015.
  3. ^ Ethan Sacks, “Corey Stoll is busy this summer, appearing in ‘Glass Chin,’ ‘Ant-Man’ and the return of ‘The Strain’,” New York Daily News, June 21, 2015.
  4. ^ “In Conversation: Billy Crudup & Yul Vazquez,” Archived 2015-11-22 at the Wayback Machine V, 2014.
  5. ^ Noah Buschel, “Another Boxing Movie,” Filmmaker, March 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Edward Douglas, “CS Interview: Actor Corey Stoll on Glass Chin and The Strain,”, June 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Stephen Saito, “Interview: Noah Buschel on Keeping Up ‘Glass Chin’,” The Moveable Fest, April 18, 2014.
  8. ^ Patches, Matt (April 11, 2014). "Tribeca: Billy Crudup Will Make You a Technophobe in First 'Glass Chin' Clip". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ "Here Are the 12 Films in the World Narrative Competition". Tribeca Film Festival. Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  10. ^ Devan Coggan, “Glass Chin: EW review,” Entertainment Weekly, July 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "Glass Chin (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "Glass Chin". Metacritic. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Bilge Ebiri, “Corey Stoll’s Face Is the Star of Glass Chin,”, June 26, 2015.
  14. ^ a b Ernest Hardy, “’Glass Chin’ Offers Gruff, Offbeat Crime Drama,” Village Voice, June 23, 2015.
  15. ^ Gary Goldstein, “Review: ‘Glass Chin’ a neo-noir knockout with fight-ready cast,” Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2015.
  16. ^ Rodrigo Perez, “Review: ‘Glass Chin’ Starring Corey Stoll Features Strong Performances, And An Authentic, Golden Heart,” Indiewire, June 24, 2015.
  17. ^ Brandon Harris, “Tribeca Review: Why ‘Glass Chin’ Is Better Than Most Low Budget American Indies,” Indiewire, April 23, 2014.
  18. ^ Chris Cabin, “Glass Chin,” Slant Magazine, April 24, 2014.
  19. ^ Scheck, Frank (April 21, 2014). "Glass Chin: Tribeca Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  20. ^ Rapold, Nicolas (June 25, 2016). "Review: Noah Buschel's 'Glass Chin,' an Updated Working-Class Noir". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  21. ^ "Tribeca Film Review: 'Glass Chin'". 4 May 2014.
  22. ^ "Film Review: Glass Chin". 25 June 2015.
  23. ^ "The Envelope: 8 efforts that measure up to the Oscar nominees but weren't even in the conversation". 2016-02-03.
  24. ^ McNary, Dave (November 24, 2015). "'Carol,' 'Spotlight,' 'Beasts of No Nation' Lead Spirit Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved May 4, 2016.

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