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Michael Clayton (2007)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 197
Fresh: 178 | Rotten: 19

Michael Clayton is one of the most sharply scripted films of 2007, with an engrossing premise and faultless acting. Director Tony Gilroy succeeds not only in capturing the audience's attention, but holding it until the credits roll.

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 2

Michael Clayton is one of the most sharply scripted films of 2007, with an engrossing premise and faultless acting. Director Tony Gilroy succeeds not only in capturing the audience's attention, but holding it until the credits roll.

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Michael Clayton (George Clooney) handles all of the dirty work for a major New York law firm, arranging top-flight legal services and skirting through loopholes for ethically questionable clients. But when a fellow "fixer" decides to turn on the very firm they were hired to clean up for, Clayton finds himself at the center of a conspiratorial maelstrom. Once an ambitious D.A., Clayton is now a shell of his former dynamic self, thanks to a divorce, an unfortunate business venture, and

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Tony Gilroy

Feb 19, 2008

$49.0M

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All Critics (197) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (178) | Rotten (19) | DVD (27)

[A] smoldering corporate thriller.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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By now, George Clooney is so smooth, he could be a brand name like Gillette or Ex-Lax.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Confident in the story's power and the moviegoers' intelligence, Gilroy uses only one explosion to own our rapt attention.

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A throwback to trim, intelligent moral thrillers like The Verdict and Absence of Malice.

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This doesn't begin to deserve the Oscar nominations it's likely to get, but I had a good time with it nonetheless.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Smart and exciting, Michael Clayton takes the audience on a ride whose pleasures almost sneak up on you and are all the more satisfying because of it.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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There's a lot of skill involved in Michael Clayton and an understated, ambiguous hero that's becoming rare in modern film. Even if under its subtle surface there isn't really much there, the surface is good enough to make it worthwhile.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Michael Clayton is a chilling, intense conspiracy thriller, filled with intriguing characters and great performances.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Equates serious inquiry with inert filmmaking

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Clooney's latest venture into panache is thriller style in Michael Clayton.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

If I had to sum this movie up with one word, it would be tense.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Grisham for exceptionally bleeding hearts

August 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

Michael Clayton definitely has its heart in the '70s.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

Malo je gledatelja koji od prve ne%u0107e shvatiti tko su u filmu pozitivci a tko negativci.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Index.hr | Comment (1)

A killer voice-over by Tom Wilkinson sets the tone for this dramatic thriller, and you're willing to go on the journey even if you don't understand it all the time.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

The cast is outstanding, with Clooney giving the strongest performance of his career, which says a lot since he already has an Oscar

March 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

A serviceable drama/thriller that starts a little slow, but ultimately gets into a nice rhythm.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Clooney's glamorous intelligence is deepened by his constant hints that slickness, like corporate integrity, is just an act.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

A straight-ahead suspense melodrama, complete with villain and a climax with satisfyingly clean lines. But Gilroy constantly elevates the material with surprise gifts. [Blu-Ray review]

February 20, 2008
Groucho Reviews

Each new viewing brings something fresh and insightful with it.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

a thriller of the most sophisticated type, playing the macrocosm of Clayton's professional problems against the microcosm of the soul he thought he had conveniently compartmentalized

January 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Michael Clayton, The Re-Release: Suits in deadly combat may not sound like the ideal setup for an action thriller, especially if the labels are of the pricey designer variety. But hey, this is George Clooney, who isn't half bad no matter what he's wearing

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Clooney is just one of a stellar cast perfectly suited to their roles, with Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Sydney Pollack sharing his command of the material whenever they're on screen.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Un drama en clave de thriller sobre la corrupción corporativa, a medio camino entre El Informante y Erin Brockovich. Estupendo debut en la dirección del guionista Tony Gilroy.

December 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Audience Reviews for Michael Clayton

Though not the most entertaining or innovative film, Michael Clayton is still a compelling, smart, and satisfying thriller that features strong acting and an interesting premise.
December 27, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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Corporate greed's at the middle of this look at the behind the scenes legal wrangling in a wrongful death lawsuit, greed vs. morality.
The leads are good (especially
Swinton) even if the pace is slow at first, so distracting.
April 5, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

The standard of filmmaking in ''Michael Clayton'' is impeccable. The plot threads tie together wonderfully, the performances from Clooney, Swinton and Wilkinson are outstanding and the tension that runs throughout the film is so high. Gilroy's script is wonderful with such hard-hitting dialogue and the development of each character is incredibly solid. If you're looking for a superbly assembled and suspenseful drama, ''Michael Clayton'' is as perfect as you could get.
February 14, 2013
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

Michael Clayton is an ex-ADA who now works as a fixer for a corporate law firm. When his old friend and mentor seemingly has a psychological break while defending another corporate giant he is called in to "handle" the situation. I must admit that this film had me hooked right from the incredibly intense monologue from Tom Wilkinson that opens the film. It plays out like a corporate Cold War film; the fact is that the plot will be very familiar to anyone who has seen a few legal dramas and the conclusion has a definite air of inevitability about it. But it's the journey there that makes it so worthwhile. Wilkinson is superb as the corporate slave who has a life changing catharsis, as is Clooney as the complex and morally ambiguous Clayton and Tilda Swinton as the immoral but anxiety riddled executive. It has no pointless action sequences and no gimmicks or twists; it's simply an very well written, extremely well acted and attractively and intelligently directed film full of interesting characters and excellent dialogue. Even the portrayal of Clayton's homelife, which is usually cinematic poison is realistic and unsentimental. Very much in the tradition of the likes of All The President's Men, Michael Clayton is the best straightforward and unpretentious low-key thriller I've seen in recent years.
January 23, 2013
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    1. Michael Clayton: Im Sheeva, the god of death!
    – Submitted by Aron B (2 years ago)
    1. Michael Clayton: The police don't call.
    – Submitted by Annie A (2 years ago)
    1. Michael Clayton: I'm not the guy you kill. I'm the guy you buy! Are you so fucking blind that you don't even see what I am? I sold out Arthur for 80 grand. I'm your easiest problem and you're gonna kill me?
    – Submitted by Alejandro O (3 years ago)
    1. Michael Clayton: You're so fucked. Here let me get a picture while I'm at it.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Michael Clayton: Do I look like I'm negotiating?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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