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Michael Clayton

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Tony Gilroy

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About the Movie

Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. At the behest of the firm's co- founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack), Clayton, a former prosecutor from a family of cops, takes care of Kenner, Bach and Ledeen's dirtiest work. Clayton cleans up clients' messes, handling anything from hit-and-runs and damaging stories in the press to shoplifting wives and crooked politicians. Though burned out and discontented in his job, Clayton is inextricably tied to the firm. At the agrochemical company U/North, the career of in-house chief counsel Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the settlement of the suit that Kenner, Bach and Ledeen is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. When the firm's top litigator, the brilliant Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson), has an apparent breakdown and tries to sabotage the entire case, Marty Bach sends Michael Clayton to tackle this unprecedented disaster and, in doing so, Clayton comes face to face with the reality of who he has become.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 197
  • Fresh: 178
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Full of plausible characters who are capable of surprising - and surpassing - your expectations. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This is unequivocally a thriller for adults – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Oct 6, 2007

Fresh: The ultimate showcase for the defining male lead of our time. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 9, 2007

Fresh: This doesn't begin to deserve the Oscar nominations it's likely to get, but I had a good time with it nonetheless. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One of the best films of 2007.

Written and directed by Tony Gilroy, who wrote the screenplays for all of the Bourne films, Michael Clayton is a sharp, understated thriller. Superb acting by Tom Wilkinson and Clooney and of course it's always fun to see Sydney Pollack turn up. The final shot is a perfect end to the film and is one that I'll watch many times over. To give you an idea of my taste, I have this film listed as the fourth best film of the year behind: No Country, There Will Be Blood and The Assassination of Jesse James. Highly Recommended.

Great Acting, Good Story and great conclusion!

So I am giving this five stars for several reasons. First, I'll admit. I never really liked George Clooney, but this film in my opinion was one of his stronger roles. In addition, I really liked the cinematography of the film, it was very dark and seductive. As for the story, it was interestingly woven together, but you have to pay attention to it. If you miss something, it may leave you confused. In addition, its the kind of story that has several twists and turns. However, if your the kind of person who likes "action intensive movies" that have simpler stories and more action, you may not like this. However, its the kind of story that is sort of confusing, but is really interesting in the end. I wouldn't miss this!

Sheeba the god of death

Tony Gillroy delivers and excellent intelligent thriller and the viewer gets a valuable and realistic insight in the power base of a big corporate. Huge stakes, personal gain, the price for power and foul play: It's all in here. The performances of George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson are top notch. There are some things this film is not. It's not an action film if you expect that, it will seem very slow. No escapism, but... it's real, very real.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2007

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