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Michael Clayton Reviews

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There's nothing sadder than a prestige picture that just doesn't work, because these kinds of films so rarely allow themselves to have fun.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 5/10

October 5, 2007
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Equates serious inquiry with inert filmmaking

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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 Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: C+

October 22, 2007
Kyle Smith
KyleSmithOnline.com

So: the crazy people are the truly sane ones. Does this sound more like a complex 70s thriller or a dizzy 60s dream?

Full Review Source: KyleSmithOnline.com | Original Score: 2/4

October 1, 2007
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com

Money hungry men in nice suits stopped being cool in 1982, and Michael Clayton doesn't do enough to bring it back again.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2007
Lorien Haynes
Little White Lies

Think old chewing gum with a masculine flavour.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

September 28, 2007
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

November 7, 2007
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

Despite an exceptional performance by Clooney, Michael Clayton is like watching a drawn-out third act that left the really compelling stuff back in the first two.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2007
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Grisham for exceptionally bleeding hearts

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 68/100

August 9, 2008
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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It's invigorating and impressive on a formal level, but ultimately wearying.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2007
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net

Legal miracle workers or "fixers" hide simple truths behind a calculated barrage of extraneous smoke and mirrors, which is exactly the tactic screenwriter-turned-director Tony Gilroy employs for his directorial debut Michael Clayton.

Full Review Source: european-films.net

September 1, 2007
Keith Uhlich
Reeler

Dude, there's a bomb in your car.

Full Review Source: Reeler

October 10, 2007
Dragan Antulov
Index.hr

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

Full Review Source: Index.hr | Original Score: 4/10

April 10, 2008
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

Some might see the dark cinematography, the protagonist pursued by demons, and the slow, wordy, incoherent story-telling as tense. I looked at my watch a lot.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 5/10

October 8, 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 Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 2/5

November 22, 2007
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine

So bogged down in plot that it has little in the way of suspense.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2007
Armond White
New York Press

Hipster filmmakers keep looking backwards to the 1970s, hoping to disguise how ill-equipped they are to deal with contemporary social issues.

Full Review Source: New York Press

October 3, 2007
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Michael Clayton literally knocks its brains out trying to be clever, but it ends up being the same kind of smart-alecky filmmaking most of Mr. Clooney's movies are famous for.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 3, 2007

Daily Mirror [UK]

There's a great George Clooney film in here somewhere, but you have to look mighty hard to find it.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]

September 28, 2007
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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 Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 8/10

April 8, 2011
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