Michael Clayton Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 30, 2007
...a success because the actors work hard (but not too hard) to convey a sense of genuine investment in the onscreen problems, and because the rest of the behind-the-scenes technicians do immaculate, invisible work
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
November 22, 2007
"Man, I could be doing my laundry," I groused, as Clooney looked deep into the camera's eyes and gave me nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
November 22, 2007
Michael Clayton is that scintillating and rare pop-culture creation, a thriller about character.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Louis Proyect
November 10, 2007
Cut from the same cloth as "The Pelican Brief" and "The Constant Gardener", it is much more of a psychological study than a "whodunit". Clooney is excellent in the leading role.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 7, 2007
Gilroy's goal is to create a smart, literate thriller, and while Michael Clayton is smart and literate, it isn't thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
November 5, 2007
Think of this intense drama about corporate shenanigans as the capper to a George Clooney trilogy about duty, ethics and professionalism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
October 30, 2007
The story of some nice lawyers who give dozens of pro bono hours working to adopt puppies for orphans before Christmas. George Clooney plays the headmaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
October 26, 2007
The film doesn't disappoint. It's an enveloping thriller with a cool intelligence, the kind of film Redford or Newman would have jumped at 15 or 20 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
October 23, 2007
This is a crackerjack story with sharp writing, genuine twists, perfect whip-smart acting and a subplot for Clooney's character that actually works instead of just feeling like padding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 23, 2007
Out-Grishams Grisham at his own game, thanks to an engaging plot, fine acting and a pleasing twist at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 23, 2007
Michael Clayton simultaneously punches you in the gut and in the cranium because it never sacrifices the thrust of the narrative to its moral posturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 22, 2007
Michael Clayton wants it both ways. It requires smarts to understand what's going on, and a lack of smarts to care and not be able to predict the outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 21, 2007
Clooney delivers a performance that demands what only a few in the industry can deliver--a critical, grounded turn that allows the film to savor its well-earned commercial overtones.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Beth Accomando
October 20, 2007
The strength of the film is Tom Wilkinson's performance as a bipolar lawyer who stops taking his medication and has an epiphany of sorts.
| Original Score: 6/10
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
October 20, 2007
Smart and thoroughly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
October 19, 2007
The perfectly cast Clooney gives the term 'star vehicle' a good name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
October 19, 2007
As mesmerizing as Michael's journey is throughout the film, and as much as the film is focused on his essential masculine recovery, Karen's plot is equally compelling.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
October 19, 2007
The movie requires patience from the audience. In return, it doesn't cop out with a cheap twist or turn at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 18, 2007
When Clooney is onscreen, he is magnetic, pure and simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
October 18, 2007
George Clooney wastes nothing in his best performance, and the film is as breathtakingly efficient. Specifics and surprises unfold with methodical care, and attentive adult audiences can savor one of the smartest, classiest legal thrillers ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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