100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I don't know what vast significance Michael Clayton has (it involves deadly pollution but isn't a message movie). But I know it is just about perfect as an exercise in the genre.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's a rare film that can challenge our minds and rattle our nerves so profoundly. This is unequivocally a thriller for adults. A deftly written, tautly suspenseful and intellectually demanding morality tale.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's better than good; it's such a crackling and mature and accomplished movie that it just about restores your faith.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
After Clooney, who gives a sterling performance as a tarnished figure, the standout performance belongs to Wilkinson, a geyser of manic eloquence. Also quite fine are Swinton and Sydney Pollack.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Tony Gilroy, co-author of the superb Jason Bourne film trilogy, makes a stunning directorial debut with Michael Clayton, an out-of-courtroom drama that helps solidify George Clooney's acting bona fides.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Deliberate, demanding and character-driven, Michael Clayton flies in the face of what sells at the multiplex. I couldn't have liked it more.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Michael Clayton is about the gap between predatory professionalism and the sins of real life - about how those sins can corrode the hardest business suit of armor.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
As with the Bourne films, Gilroy has a knack for creating strong characters and situations that resonate with tension. It may be formula, but the guy is a solid chemist as he crafts excellent set-ups and payoffs.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Has a slow build and a strong payoff, but George Clooney is the element that holds it together.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
George Clooney's film noir sensibility in the title role feels authentic, and admirably solid.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.