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Michael Clayton Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2008
[A] smoldering corporate thriller.
February 22, 2008
Clooney's glamorous intelligence is deepened by his constant hints that slickness, like corporate integrity, is just an act.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 13, 2007
Confident in the story's power and the moviegoers' intelligence, Gilroy uses only one explosion to own our rapt attention.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2007
A throwback to trim, intelligent moral thrillers like The Verdict and Absence of Malice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 11, 2007
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 11, 2007
Stop printing the ballots. Don't waste money on those "for your consideration" Oscar ads. There is but one contender for best supporting actor this year, and it is Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 9, 2007
Full of plausible characters who are capable of surprising - and surpassing - your expectations.
October 8, 2007
One of my favorite movies of the year.
October 5, 2007
This is unequivocally a thriller for adults
October 5, 2007
While the plot is complex in the telling, it unfolds onscreen with propulsive fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2007
This is Gilroy's first film as director; I can't wait to see what he's got next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2007
The ultimate showcase for the defining male lead of our time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2007
In an accomplished directorial debut, Gilroy gives the film a shadowy, autumnal hue and combines image and sound in sometimes surprising and ingenious ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 5, 2007
It's about issues of personal responsibility and moral duty.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2007
There are more than ample rewards for discerning adults: Some of the best dialogue in a recent movie and a gallery of unforgettable performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2007
Every performance in this film is spot-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2007
The movie's plot may be familiar, but its hero is a unique and memorable creation.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2007
If Michael Clayton's particular mix of law and commerce gets a little murky, that murkiness also gives the film a shadowy aura.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 5, 2007
Clooney, for his part, allows his movie star looks to go flabby and soft (all things being relative, of course), and he buries the performance way down in his gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2007
...sharp writing from Tony Gilroy and an intelligent, subtly powerful performance from George Clooney.
October 5, 2007
The pieces come together into a stirring portrait of a man reclaiming his soul from a scrap heap of discarded principles.
October 5, 2007
It is just about perfect as an exercise in the genre. I've seen it twice, and the second time, knowing everything that would happen, I found it just as fascinating because of how well it was all shown happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 5, 2007
Dark in color, mood and outraged worldview, Michael Clayton is a film that speaks to the way we live now.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2007
Instead of the typical John Grisham-style connect-the-dots legal thriller, we get a film that's idiosyncratic, with a time-shifting structure, a surfeit of subplots and characters.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 4, 2007
Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton feels so fresh, so smart, so different from the standard-issue legal thriller that it isn't until nearly an hour in that you notice how conventional a movie it actually is.
October 4, 2007
With the George Clooney-starring Michael Clayton, [Tony Gilroy] has not only saved his best script for himself, he's also turned out a smart and suspenseful legal thriller that comes completely alive on-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2007
Without [Clooney], and without some fine playing from Wilkinson and from Sydney Pollack as the firm's lead partner, Michael Clayton would be glossy claptrap.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 4, 2007
The filmmaker, best known as the scribe of the Bourne trilogy, wears both director and writer hats here, and the results are electrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 4, 2007
This uncommonly intelligent thriller evokes the great films of the 1970s (All the President's Men, Klute, Three Days of the Condor) that managed to elicit gritty urban realism while maintaining a suave sense of style and moral complexity.
October 4, 2007
It's one of the most satisfying films of the year, recalling a classy breed of studio film more common in the 1970s and the early '80s.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 4, 2007
It's invigorating and impressive on a formal level, but ultimately wearying.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 3, 2007
When critics complain about the dumbing down of movies into franchise popcorn, what we're really doing is yearning for a terrifically engrossing, tethered-to-the-real-world drama like Michael Clayton.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 3, 2007
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.
October 3, 2007
Deliberate, demanding and character-driven, Michael Clayton flies in the face of what sells at the multiplex.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2007
It will no doubt be said time and again of Michael Clayton: best John Grisham adaptation ever.
October 2, 2007
Michael Clayton builds to a fitting conclusion and doesn't need surprise twists or cheap theatrics to get to that point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2007
Clooney looks a little worn, and the shagginess becomes him. He gives a beautiful, modulated performance, and he's never been more likable. Nor has he ever had better lines.
October 1, 2007
Clooney is as good as he has ever been.
September 18, 2007
...the kind of smart, crisp, 'serious' mainstream entertainment that gives Hollywood (or the part of it influenced by George Clooney) a good name.
September 11, 2007
George Clooney's subtle, affecting performance is the chief reason to see this super-sincere social drama.
August 31, 2007
[A] lack of fireworks makes Michael Clayton refreshing in a sense, eschewing traditional white hats and black hats for more realistic shades of gray.
August 31, 2007
As with the Bourne films, Gilroy has a knack for creating strong characters and situations that resonate with tension.