Michael Clayton
Michael Clayton (2007)

Michael Clayton (George Clooney) handles all of the dirty work for a major New York law firm, arranging top-flight legal services and skirting through loopholes for ethically questionable clients. But when a fellow "fixer" decides… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 12, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Michael Clayton is one of the most sharply scripted films of 2007, with an engrossing premise and faultless acting. Director Tony Gilroy succeeds not only in capturing the audience's attention, but holding it until the credits roll.

Bob Mondello

[A] smoldering corporate thriller.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A throwback to trim, intelligent moral thrillers like The Verdict and Absence of Malice.

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Joshua Starnes

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.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Clooney's glamorous intelligence is deepened by his constant hints that slickness, like corporate integrity, is just an act.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This doesn't begin to deserve the Oscar nominations it's likely to get, but I had a good time with it nonetheless.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Michael Clayton is a chilling, intense conspiracy thriller, filled with intriguing characters and great performances.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Confident in the story's power and the moviegoers' intelligence, Gilroy uses only one explosion to own our rapt attention.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Equates serious inquiry with inert filmmaking

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Though not the most entertaining or innovative film, Michael Clayton is still a compelling, smart, and satisfying thriller that features strong acting and an… More
xGary Xx
Michael Clayton is an ex-ADA who now works as a fixer for a corporate law firm. When his old friend and mentor seemingly has a psychological break while… More
Kevin M. Williams
Corporate greed's at the middle of this look at the behind the scenes legal wrangling in a wrongful death lawsuit, greed vs. morality. The leads are good… More
Melvin White
Michael Clayton: Do I look like I'm negotiating?  "The Truth Can Be Adjusted" What a movie. My rating doesn't quite give justification to… More
Liam Gadd
The standard of filmmaking in ''Michael Clayton'' is impeccable. The plot threads tie together wonderfully, the performances from Clooney,… More
Sanjay Rema
This is a movie with an interesting story, but told in a far too dry manner. Even though the story coheres very well, the dull shots and dialogue can lull some… More