Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton
Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though hardly content with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton tied to the firm.

At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class action suit that Clayton's firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when the firm’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.
Best Supporting Actress (Swinton) at the Academy Awards and BAFTAs in 2008
2008Rating: M, Contains Violence & Offensive Language120 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Possibly Clooney's finest hour

Michael Clayton played by George Clooney is a fix it man in a law firm. The guy who helps you sweep something under the rug. But he gets the biggest case he's ever had. A multi million dollar class action suit. A brilliant but troubled and mentally disturbed attorney played in a great performance by Tom Wilkinson as Arthur sabotages the case. This is truly...

4.0
0

Agree with the FLICKS review below.

Flicks get this one right. Even down to the slightly drawn out start, but a captivating movie. Worth going to.

3.0
0

What's the fuss?

What's the fuss with this? Slightly boring at the beggining. All in all rather satisfying (thanks largely to Tom Wilkinson), but instantly forgettable.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Features strong performances and a solid story, drawn from the familiar well of faceless corporations grinding ordinary people through their profit-making machinery. Yet Gilroy's fidelity to his script comes at the expense of the pacing...

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

A taut psychological thriller with crisp killer dialogue and complete with one of the most satisfying endings in a long time.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This offers moments of suspense, some pointed scenes and star charisma, but it’s also a touch confused. Heads will be scratched before they roll.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

There's nothing wrong with this slick, much-plaudited movie – how can there be when Time magazine's film critic named it his best from last year? But what was most fascinating about it for me was that in a world of indecent salaries and vast bonuses there's a job that exists like Clayton's – smoothing things out, match- making client and lawyer – and that in this movie at least it was paid relatively badly.

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

It's all held together by the magnetic presence of George Clooney, however, who manages to be compelling even when he's just sitting in the back of a taxi, staring straight ahead.

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Corporate evil plots are nothing to write home about, but what lifts Michael Clayton are the star turns from Clooney, Wilkinson and finally Tilda Swinton's hard-ass litigator for U-North. Similarly, those in charge of cinematography, editing and music all do their job with large doses of polish. It's all very smooth, but the problem is it's also a bit anodyne and unlikely to hold up in comparisons to Clooney's other 'serious' films, whose stories have more to offer underneath the polish...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Features strong performances and a solid story, drawn from the familiar well of faceless corporations grinding ordinary people through their profit-making machinery. Yet Gilroy's fidelity to his script comes at the expense of the pacing...

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

A taut psychological thriller with crisp killer dialogue and complete with one of the most satisfying endings in a long time.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This offers moments of suspense, some pointed scenes and star charisma, but it’s also a touch confused. Heads will be scratched before they roll.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

There's nothing wrong with this slick, much-plaudited movie – how can there be when Time magazine's film critic named it his best from last year? But what was most fascinating about it for me was that in a world of indecent salaries and vast bonuses there's a job that exists like Clayton's – smoothing things out, match- making client and lawyer – and that in this movie at least it was paid relatively badly.

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

It's all held together by the magnetic presence of George Clooney, however, who manages to be compelling even when he's just sitting in the back of a taxi, staring straight ahead.

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Corporate evil plots are nothing to write home about, but what lifts Michael Clayton are the star turns from Clooney, Wilkinson and finally Tilda Swinton's hard-ass litigator for U-North. Similarly, those in charge of cinematography, editing and music all do their job with large doses of polish. It's all very smooth, but the problem is it's also a bit anodyne and unlikely to hold up in comparisons to Clooney's other 'serious' films, whose stories have more to offer underneath the polish...

3.0
0

Possibly Clooney's finest hour

Michael Clayton played by George Clooney is a fix it man in a law firm. The guy who helps you sweep something under the rug. But he gets the biggest case he's ever had. A multi million dollar class action suit. A brilliant but troubled and mentally disturbed attorney played in a great performance by Tom Wilkinson as Arthur sabotages the case. This is...

4.0
0

Agree with the FLICKS review below.

Flicks get this one right. Even down to the slightly drawn out start, but a captivating movie. Worth going to.

3.0
0

What's the fuss?

What's the fuss with this? Slightly boring at the beggining. All in all rather satisfying (thanks largely to Tom Wilkinson), but instantly forgettable.

3.0
0