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Michael Clayton

7.21 h 59 min2007X-Ray15
Michael Clayton, a former prosecutor, takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen's “dirty work.” The firm's top litigator sabotages a case and the firm sends Clayton to tackle this disaster.
Tony Gilroy
George ClooneyTom WilkinsonTilda Swinton
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Sydney PollackMichael O'KeefeKen Howard
Sydney PollackSteven SamuelsJennifer FoxKerry Orent
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4.4 out of 5 stars

760 global ratings

  1. 66% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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BarbaraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 May 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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It doesn't get any better than this: George Clooney on top of his game, Tilda Swinton as a gelatin-spined villain, and director/writer Tony Gilroy (who wrote the Bourne movies) convincingly drawing together the compelling themes of a slow-burn moral awakening, the unexpected value of difficult family ties, the way in which mental illness is both an awful curse and a challenge to smugness and certainty, and the slightly supernatural impact of a fantasy novel reviewed by a young child. For many of us, the most memorable and significant events in our lives haven't been one-off delightful or horrible incidents, but the result of a number of factors, events and people coming together in apparently random fashion. This movie depicts such an unpredictable, life-changing series of events and encounters.
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Pocket SatireReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Fairly Forgettable
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A fairly forgettable thriller that deals with a lawsuit against a giant pesticide corporation. Tilda Swinton is a good villainess. George Clooney, as usual, plays the noble lead. Pacey enough, but without the substance for a second view. On the plus side, the film does criticise the venal behaviour of large law firms.
Mark DyerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great performance, interesting characters.
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I saw this as a film not so much about the story but more about characters; George Clooney's in the main, obviously. The plot regarding the UNorth case is just a scene-setter and contrary to what some other reviewers have said I didn't find it unduly complicated or slow. Mr Clayton is a man who is apparently successful - defined by his corporate, private jet, world - but is hugely unfulfilled; Tom Wilkinson's character (Arthur Edens) similarly so. Each in their own way is miserable, we see much of Clayton's non-work life where even then he is required to be welded to his `phone, but not so much of Edens'. The apartment where Edens `lives' (when not at the office or on the road) is not exactly luxurious. So each of them `want out', Edens from his job and Clayton - it seems - from `everything'. Casting aside the mental health aspects, how many people, I wonder, would like to have rebelled against interminable meetings as did Edens, to go out in one grand futile gesture perhaps.

The scene with Clayton and the three horses is exquisite, well acted and played with the correct level of pathos. Other early scenes build the characters on which the film depends and, yes, there are no car chases nor exploding helicopters so I can see why some of the other reviewers would find it boring.

We see how Karen Crowder responds to pressure, so someone who again seems to live the corporate high life, in this case in charge of a large department and being a `key client', is reduced to being just a person on their own who makes interesting decisions from a strange set of values. Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack) begins the film as powerful and in complete command of his universe but we see by the end that corporate machinations within his firm render him to be just someone else having his strings pulled so he is not the master of his own destiny, albeit well remunerated.

This is a film that you have to watch rather than allow to wash over you; it has a great central performance around which all of the other characters revolve.
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The Movie DioramaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 April 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Michael Clayton is in a niche of films that I'm drawn to: political thrillers.
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Michael Clayton is in a niche of films that I'm drawn to: political thrillers. Just something about the concise scripts, realistic characters and plausible plots that absorbs my attention...this is no different. This is a damn good political thriller with great performances all round. Clooney and Wilkinson are great but Swinton (who received an Oscar for this) just owns her final so understated. Tony Gilroy directed this with precision and his camerawork is exceptional. The plot can be a little ambiguous and complicated to follow, but it will grab your attention. I'm glad that I've upgraded this to bluray!
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Sherlaw CombsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
6 Oscar nominations??
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Tense, exciting, gripping, heart pounding, action packed thriller.
These are all words used on the DVD box to describe this dire, tedious and dull slow burner that fails to ignite at any point.
JezzerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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George Clooney seldom fails to disappoint whether you are male or female. Other excellent performances by the female leadinbg lady (I forget her name). A gripping story.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Best Political Thrillers
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This is one of the best political thrillers, along with Syriana, The Constant Gardener, The International, and All the Presidents Men. If you like those kinds of things, which, let's be honest, rarely get made these days thanks to the superhero drivel, then this is for you.

Clooney and Tilda Swinton are really good, but Tom Wilkinson steals the show.
jenny CeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good film
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One of George Clooneys best but why did he think by throwing his watch in the burning car, it would keep them of the trail.
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