Michael Clayton Synopsis
A ''fixer'' (George Clooney) at a corporate law firm faces the biggest challenge of his career.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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,...
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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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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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Michael Clayton

By Daydream
George Clooney is as charismatic as ever in the role of Michael Clayton. In plain words he is a legal firm's "fixer-upper", playing a role similar to that of Aaron Eckart in Thank You For Smoking...

a very smart film.

By rosettamarie
What I love about Michael Clayton is that I didn't completely understand every detail, but I still "got it". I began watching this movie knowing that I do not like its genre; there is much on the...

Another Classic

By Mantlerom
This is an incredible piece of film. First George Clooney is first rate in this film, you have no idea how it pains me to say this as GC is such a pretty boy, wow he is really great. He does an...

All-around excellent movie

By welitlpigs
The very beginning of the movie is a bit confusing at first but also intriguing enough so that makes you want to know more. As the movie unfolds involving a major corporate lawsuit a la "Erin...

Michael Clayton

By redwoodstreet
I really liked this movie. It's intelligent and full of suspense....


By NethanielKittymittens
This was the best movie I have seen all year. Everything about it just screamed excellence. It was one of those movies I had to see again. A definite must for the everyday moviegoer....

Good ol' George

By westy808
I wasn't exactly sure what I was expecting from this movie. Perhaps a suspense thriller involving a heavy hitting lawyer going against the grain? No, that wasn't it at all. It showed a good balance...

Really Enjoyable Moviegoing!

By harrykatz
This movie was all that movie-going should be. Suspenseful, the greatest acting, a superb story, and wonderful cinematography. The casting couldn't have been better and I was so absorbed that I...

Michael Clayton was AMAZING!

By CateC
Michael Clayton is a morally ambivalent lawyer struggling to help his best friend overcome a bipolar episode. At the same time, his own financial problems are overwhelming. He's forced into some...

i just don't get it

By Ghostmarine216
this movie was one of the most sickining movie i have ever seen in my whole life. more sickining that the texas chainsaw massacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WARNING: Don't let your children see...

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Rated R | For language including some sexual dialogue
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Smart, mature legal thriller isn't meant for kids.
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