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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: 198
- Fresh: 179
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Full of plausible characters who are capable of surprising - and surpassing - your expectations.
Fresh: This is unequivocally a thriller for adults
Fresh: The ultimate showcase for the defining male lead of our time.
Fresh: This doesn't begin to deserve the Oscar nominations it's likely to get, but I had a good time with it nonetheless.
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.
I Like It...
Okay, I liked Gone Baby Gone twice as much as I liked Michael Clayton. Clooney does a wonderful job as the lead role, only I think he's not going to win the Academy Award simply because he won a couple years ago for Syriana. The plot is interesting and thrilling, and the dialogue is two grades higher than any Law & Order episode. The drama is intense, but as afore mentioned, it's just a couple steps higher than LO. Overall, Michael Clayton may be one of the best of 2007, but my vote is for No Country For Old Men for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, and maybe some of the editing stuff if Transformers doesn't steal those. Anyway, rent this great film.
this movie is so amazing i loved every second of its gripping tale
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2007
- © 2007 Warner Bros. Entertainment. All Rights Reserved