Screenwriter Tony Gilroy's directing debut is a smart, morally complex thriller about a corporate lawyer in the grip of a midlife crisis of conscience.
Michael Clayton (George Clooney) has a lucrative niche at Manhattan law firm Kenner, Bach & Ledeen — not a partnership, mind you, despite his reputation as the go-to guy for fixing messes large and small, but a niche. He may be a "miracle worker," but his blue-collar background doesn't jibe with the firm's white-shoe culture. And that's OK with him, until a particularly lurid mess forces Clayton to conduct a moral inventory whose results he doesn't much like. Senior partner Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson), head ...