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MICHAEL CLAYTON

 
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At Theaters: 10/5/2007 On Video: 2/19/2008
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 59 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 489941
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Michael Clayton is an in-house “fixer” at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. The career of litigator Karen Crowder 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 Kenner Bach’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.
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Drama - This is a talky legal thriller/drama aimed at adult moviegoers. Fans of star George Clooney will especially enjoy as this is more or less a one-man show.
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Cast and Crew Heading
George Clooney OCEAN'S THIRTEEN, THE GOOD GERMAN, SYRIANA
Tom Wilkinson THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE
Tilda Swinton THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, BROKEN FLOWERS
Sydney Pollack CHANGING LANES
Director: Tony Gilroy Feature Film Debut
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About The Production
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Michael Clayton builds to a fitting conclusion and doesn't need surprise twists or cheap theatrics to get to that point.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Excellent I know it is just about perfect as an exercise in the genre. I've seen it twice, and the second time, knowing everything that would happen, I found it just as fascinating because of how well it was all shown happening.

USA Today Full Review
Excellent Although a key plot point is revealed early, it serves to heighten our fascination with the story. A climactic confrontation between Swinton and Clooney is one of the most satisfying moments in a film bristling with fierce intensity.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 53 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
5
About 50/50
80%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
About 50/50
83%
30+Adults (M)
16
High
94%
30+Adults (F)
24
Fairly High
88%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 53 moviegoers:
TEENS: Three loved it, one rated it average and one rated it below average. That's pretty decent and worth recommending, but not strongly.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The two males enjoyed this movie. Half the females really enjoyed it. The remaining reviews are average and below average. These are pretty good reviews overall.
ADULTS: Great Reviews! Over three-quarters rated "Michael Clayton" highly. Most of the remaining quarter rated it as average, with just a few rating it below average. Highly Recommended.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house "fixer” at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. At the behest of the firm's co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack), Clayton, a former prosecutor from a family of cops, takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen's dirtiest work. Clayton cleans up clients' messes, handling anything from hit-and-runs and damaging stories in the press to shoplifting wives and crooked politicians. Though burned out and discontented in his job, Clayton is inextricably tied to the firm.

At the agrochemical company U/North, the career of in-house chief counsel Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the settlement of the suit that Kenner, Bach & Ledeen is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. When the firm's top litigator, the brilliant Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson), has an apparent breakdown and tries to sabotage the entire case, Marty Bach sends Michael Clayton to tackle this unprecedented disaster and, in doing so, Clayton comes face to face with the reality of who he has become.

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