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Michael Clayton Reviews

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April 16, 2014
I think most "users" had their heads up their arses when they viewed Michal Clayton. I guess they need the James Bond crap to pay attention enough. But anything that makes a statement individual character rising above corporate evil with a zillion UNREALISTIC fight and chase scenes is too jaded and easily bored to bother appreciating its value
Harsh
March 29, 2014
Confusing start but gets better
March 13, 2014
Michael Clayton gosh i really like this film Clooney plays similar roles but he did well in this he was gritty, assertive and fluid in this film but i think the star was Tom Wilkinson he carried his character so well putting the point across to tus as viewers how dirty things can get in the high level corporate world hats off for this film i really enjoyed it.
December 25, 2013
Complex, Morally ambiguous, and an intelligent thrill ride. Tony Gilroy, one of my screenwriters, delivers a masterpiece filled with compelling characters and a storyline that does not disappoint. One of the best movies I have ever seen.
solawa
July 19, 2011
Actually it is quite a good movie but it could provide more tension and the first 20 min were a bit too boring.
icemax2000gmailcom
February 8, 2014
Without a doubt the best smart movie I have seen the last 10 years. Nothing like matrix or inception, but really really a good movie for those who like to think on movies.
February 2, 2014
Real sharp, real tense.
January 31, 2014
Monsanto written all over it! A fine movie for those who enjoy researching how in the real world these corporations operate. Very enjoyable watch!
mrskirk2012
January 29, 2014
George Clooney was amazing in this movie, solid performances from the supporting cast.
January 21, 2012
This is a film where you might have to watch it a couple times to understand the plot better, but it's well worth it.
January 10, 2014
Viendolo en retrospectiva me da la impresión que George Clooney se repite a si mismo en cada papel que hace desde entonces. El novelon corporativo es bueno, se enreda algunas veces en su propio argumento, pero se puede ver.
September 19, 2012
Tony Gilroy is best known as one of the writers of the Bourne film series. The first three of them were not just terrific thrillers and character studies about the character of Jason Bourne, but also examinations about the morality and methods of the C.I.A. Gilroy's directorial debut Michael Clayton is a political thriller and also deeply a character study and a thesis about the activities of giant enterprises.

Michael Clayton works as a "fixer" in an authoritative law firm in New York, using his connections and his knowledge of legal loopholes for his clients' benefit. One day one of the firm's leading attorneys and Clayton's colleague Arthur Edens goes nuts during a deposition involving a class action lawsuit against U-North, an agricultural products conglomerate. Clayton is brought to solve the mess. Meanwhile Karen Crowder, U-North's general counsel, discovers that Arthur has found some risky material about U-North which he is planning to expose, which would damage the corporation heavily.

As a character study, Michael Clayton is very good. The film's title is exactly right, because we get to know Clayton as a very multi-dimensional person; as a father, as a worker who detests his job but does it nonetheless, and as a man who struggles to find his moral center. He is a lot like Jeffrey Wigand in Michael Mann's "The Insider"; a man who at first does what he has to survive and take care of those close to him, but gradually starts to find out how cruel is the system he works for. He also resembles Winston Wolf from Pulp Fiction, who solves the problems even in the most hopeless situations.

The film is also good at holding the viewer's attention. Its structure and plot is very complex; in fact at least two thirds of the film is flashback to prepare us for what we saw in the first scene. The cinematography by the reliable Robert Elswit is masterful and the editing by Gilroy's brother John fluent, which partially helps the viewer's concentration keep up. The dialogue is also very strong.

But the biggest strength of the film is definitely its cast. George Clooney gives probably his best performance to date, bringing confidence and fierce intensity to the role of Clayton. Clooney plays him with such self-assurance and effectiveness that this is the performance he should have won the Oscar for (though he had no chance against Daniel Day-Lewis), not the one in Syriana (though he was great in it as well). Tom Wilkinson also does terrific job as the manic Arthur, though he sometimes slips to overacting. Tilda Swinton delivers also a solid and complex performance as Karen.

Though the film has a lot of positive aspects, Michael Clayton still isn't as brilliant as its seven Oscar nominations and reputation of being one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2007 would lead the audience to believe. The central problem with it is that it's nowhere near as smart as it thinks it is. With the complexity of the plot, we are tried to make think that this is something truly intelligent and original, but in the end it's just bluff. Eventually the film is an awfully familiar story about an individual's fight for the truth against a bigger organization, and the denouement is predictable. These stories have been told many times before in numerous better films, like for example All the President's Men and the aforementioned The Insider.

Michael Clayton is well acted, shot and directed but eventually a perfunctory thriller that isn't very exciting and which needlessly confuses the audience. It's still worth watching, even because of the actors alone. This is a film which from the surface you can see there's massive talent but too little imagination behind it.
December 28, 2013
A corporate thriller with a command performance by Clooney. Written and directed by Tony Gilroy, this tense exploration into the world of professional "fixers" is interesting and entertaining. The class action suit against big business is a timely examination of the principle of greed over compassion. Nicely done.
Matthew Samuel M

Super Reviewer

December 26, 2013
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.
March 20, 2010
"If it were not for George Clooney, no on would like this movie."
What was it about again?
Simon S.
December 23, 2013
Michael Clayton is an intelligent, well-crafted, skillful thriller that doesn't rely on action or jarring twists for its excitement, and is driven by George Clooney's taut, captivating performance.
English47
July 28, 2010
I don't have much to say about Michael Clayton. It works, but is not exactly thrilling. It's a good movie and features several great performances including one of Clooney's best, but the sort of detached emotional vibe doesn't keep me on the edge of my seat. Clayton's a guy who has to be emotionally detached to do his job so the tone of the film makes sense in that regard, but any story featuring a character like him is sort of working against itself in trying to create empathy for whoever that character is.
December 11, 2013
This is a very well made and very smart film with near perfect acting and it also has a great ending
February 10, 2013
With strong performances by it's cast especially George Clooney and Tom Wilkinson, swift direction and a fantastic script by Tony Gilroy. Michael Clayton is a thriller were the most violent things are the words people say.
November 15, 2013
With a sharp, brilliantly-written script, Michael Clayton is a tense, intriguing, spellbinding excercise for the mind, a thought-provoking and attention-keeper motion picture thanks to brilliant excecution by screenwriter-director Tony Gilroy, editor John Gilroy, and brilliant performances from George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton.
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