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      Michael Clayton

      2007, Drama, 2h 0m

      206 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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      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. Read critic reviews

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      Former prosecutor Michael Clayton (George Clooney) works as a "fixer" at the corporate law firm of Kenner, Bach and Ledeen, and takes care of his employer's dirty work. Burned out and deep in debt, he is bound tightly to the firm. Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career when a guilt-ridden attorney (Tom Wilkinson) has a breakdown during a huge class-action lawsuit.

      • Rating: R (Some Sexual Dialogue|Language)

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Tony Gilroy

      • Producer: Sydney Pollack, Steve Samuels, Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent

      • Writer: Tony Gilroy

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Rerelease Date (Theaters):

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $49.0M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Warner Bros.

      • Production Co: Mirage Enterprises, Section Eight Ltd.

      Cast & Crew

      George Clooney
      Tom Wilkinson
      Tilda Swinton
      Ken Howard
      Michael O'Keefe
      Julie White
      Bill Raymond
      Pamela Gray
      Julia Gibson
      Steven Soderbergh
      George Clooney
      James Holt
      Anthony Minghella
      Robert Elswit
      Kevin Thompson
      John Gilroy
      Sarah Edwards
      Clay Brown
      George DeTitta Jr.
      Chuck Potter
      Paul Cheponis

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      • Nov 29, 2015

        Though Michael Clayton is solidly acted, it doesn't grab the audience in any major way to make them care about any of the main characters. The plot is also a bit contrived never quite successful in letting the audience in on the struggles of the characters. George Clooney does what George Clooney does and is rather good at it. Tom Wilkinson is great in his few scenes as well as Tilda Swinton, but there was never much revealed about these characters. Overall, Michael Clayton is sophisticated but lacking in thrills and in a strong story. Rating: 60

        bradley j Super Reviewer
      • Jan 19, 2015

        WAY overrated. Michael Clayton is a over the top cliche starring George Clooney as a down in the dump lawyer who specializes in fixing various questionable cases. However, he found himself getting trapped in a catastrophe of conspiracy and lies. He must figure out how to turn his life around while saving himself from getting killed. I got so bored and the acting was unconvincing. How could this film be nominated for so many awards is beyond me. Oh wait, I know, liberal critics and Hollywood.

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      • Dec 26, 2013

        Though not the most entertaining or innovative film, Michael Clayton is still a compelling, smart, and satisfying thriller that features strong acting and an interesting premise.

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      • Apr 05, 2013

        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 (especially Swinton) even if the pace is slow at first, so distracting.

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