The titular Clayton (Clooney) is a ruthless, conflicted "fixer" for a giant law firm--the guy you bring in to do whatever it takes, no matter how unethical, to secure a win for the firm. When Clayton's friend and top-notch litigator Arthur (Wilkinson) suffers a breakdown over a pollution case where their client is clearly in the wrong, Clayton's boss (Pollack) tells him to fix the problem, but Clayton can't help but see just how in the wrong his firm truly is. Unfortunately, he's too good, and in too deep, to give it all up. The ending is in doubt right up until the final, powerful scene. A heady, fascinating exploration of a world where people spend so much time inhabiting grey areas, they've forgotten what black and white look like.
A True Tour de Force shanahan at 2010-05-12 13:15:30
This is an astonishing - and astonishingly underrated - piece of cinema. The scrambled chronology seems, at first, obscure. But the denouement is so utterly powerful that one is led to see the film again and again - and each viewing reveals the depth of artistry involved, all of it tied together by Clooney's brilliant understatement in the lead role. In a class with "Z", "Three Days of the Condor", and"The French Connection."
Clooney Fantastic in Michael Clayton PaleRider at 2008-03-10 11:38:01
What a great film. I suspect many viewers, like me, will find this film to be much like "Syriana"--poignant, sad, topical, current, and a great vehicle for Clooney's acting abilities. Superb supporting cast; great script, and another excellent performance by Clooney.