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Michael Clayton (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language including some sexual dialogue)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tony Gilroy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2008
Box Office: $49.0M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Michael Clayton

as Karen Crowder

as Arthur Edens

as Barry Grissom

as Marty Bach

as Bridget Klein

as Chinese Dealer

as Player #1

as Player #2

as Mr. Greer

as Mrs. Greer

as Henry Clayton

as Gerald

as Auctioneer

as Gabe Zabel

as Don Jeffries

as Interviewer

as Jail Guard

as Deposition Lawyer

as Lieutenant Elston

as Milwaukee Captain

as Corrections Officer

as Fifth Year

as Fourth Year

as First Year

as Mr. Verne

as Mr. Iker

as Anna's Sister

as Cindy Bach

as Raymond Clayton

as Stephanie Clayton

as Gene Clayton

as Michelle

as Timmy Clayton

as Detective Dalberto

as Jeff Gaffney

as Copy Kid

as Attorney #1

as Barry's Assistant

as Partner

as First Associate

as Second Associate

as Poker Consultant
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Critic Reviews for Michael Clayton

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (44)

[A] smoldering corporate thriller.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

By now, George Clooney is so smooth, he could be a brand name like Gillette or Ex-Lax.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Time Out New York
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

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

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Equates serious inquiry with inert filmmaking

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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.


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.

Apeneck Fletcher

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.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

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