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Michael Clayton

18 Ratings: 3.0
A 2007 film about a "fixer" in a law firm trying to uncover the truth behind a conspiracy.

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Director: Tony Gilroy
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: January 25, 2008
MPAA Rating: R
5 reviews about Michael Clayton
review by . June 28, 2011
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What we've always suspected: High-priced lawyers are the real criminals
It's unlikely that Michael Clayton will ever be shown in one of Harvard Law School's ethics-for-lawyers classes (if it has any). We learn far more about the ethical practices of high-priced Wall Street law firms and the corporate lawyers who hire them than the whole well-dressed, well-manicured and well-housed gang would want us to know. Yet despite the McGuffin being an obvious bit of Hollywood political correctness, and despite being too long with too many extraneous acting bits thrown …
review by . March 26, 2009
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What Is the Price of Redemption?
Writer/director Tony Gilroy (co-writer of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) has crafted a complex suspense film in Michael Clayton. The film, which took Tony Gilroy six years to get made, is a unique approach to the legal drama, as well as the thriller genre, because the film never once shows the inside of a courtroom and never sinks to the low-level gimmicks that so many thrillers are saturated by. Completely abandoning the majority of genre clichés, Tony Gilroy creates an …
review by . May 21, 2009
Michael Clayton, George Clooney
Like Syriana, Michael Clayton was another movie that I re-visited at theaters no fewer than four times; but not because the plot is difficult to follow. Michael Clayton is really just that good.    On the outside the movie is a legal thriller, and threatens to be a little cliche. After all, we've all seen the movie about the untouchable corporation that gets touched by a stubborn and over committed lawyer who finds the smoking gun. However, beneath the legal layer is a story …
review by . October 29, 2008
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Pros: The plots don't mix, but it was interesting enough to finish.      Cons: A story so weak that great actors could do little with it.      The Bottom Line: Even if you like the actors involved . . . put this on the bottom of your list or be ready to be disappointed.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. The eponymous Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is, at best, an incomplete film. …
review by . October 16, 2007
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Those who wish to obtain a detailed plot summary are advised to search elsewhere. My purpose now is to explain why I enjoyed this film so much. There are several reasons. Here are three. First, There is a multi-dimensional texture of ambiguity to the plot development because, until the film's conclusion, there are so many unanswered questions about, for example, relationships between and among the major characters. That is why most of the action occurs at night. Indeed, it can be argued that, as …
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