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Cleaner (2008)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 3

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An extremely hygienic man uses his urge in his professional life as a crime scene cleaner. When he becomes involved in a job he later finds out was a covered up murder, he gets tied in to a web of deception, that un-earths his own family's long buried pain and secrets.

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Matthew Aldrich

May 27, 2008

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Low-energy and grindingly mediocre, it adds a whole new dimension to Harlin's wildly uneven oeuvre: tedium.

May 28, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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I did like the dynamic between Samuel L. Jackson and Keke Palmer. I'd like to see them play father and daughter in the better film.

May 27, 2008
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A neatly contained crime whodunit with a nifty setup and an expert lead performance from Samuel L. Jackson.

September 18, 2007
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Cleaner suffers from a distracting case of visual jitters and takes a CSI approach to fetishizing the messy nature of the human body.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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the longest 90 minutes of my life

August 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It's not that Cleaner is a terrible film, it just doesn't rear back and sock the viewer in the jaw like a great thriller should. It's mild sauce from the first frame to the last.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
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It's a clever premise

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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...a substantial improvement over some of filmmaker Renny Harlin's more recent efforts...

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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The "cleaning" thing was done and done better in Curdled and in terms of a crime drama, Cleaner just doesn't measure up.

September 15, 2007
Planet Sick-Boy

Cleaner is a watchable film, but one which feels like a missed opportunity.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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Beyond the contributions from Samuel L. Jackson and Ed Harris, however, there's very little worth talking.

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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Audience Reviews for Cleaner

Great cast. A crime scene cleaner gets intertwined in a cover up.
January 31, 2013
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Candy Rose

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Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes, Luis Guzmán, Keke Palmer, Christa Campbell, Ritchie Montgomery, Robert Forster, Peter Franzen

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: After years as a detective, Tom Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) runs a business specializing in cleaning up crime scenes. But when he realizes his latest gig at a ritzy suburban house might have been a cover-up for a homicide, he must clean up the injustice. Our hygienic hero gets far more than he bargained for in director Renny Harlin's twisty crime thriller, co-starring Ed Harris as Carver's old partner and Eva Mendes as a grieving wife.

My Thoughts: "Original, interesting, and a suspenseful murder mystery. Most films with Samuel L. Jackson you see him kicking ass and being a loud personality. In this film he is a calm single father. Quite a switch from his usual films. I really enjoyed him in the movie. I also enjoyed the story, it being something I haven't seen before. Always great when there's a new concept that works. The twist is also good in this film. I really didn't see it going the way it did. Ed Harris and Samuel L. Jackson are great together in this movie, and I would really like to see them teamed up in another film. Keke Palmer also does a great job in this movie and her character really tugs at your heart strings. It was a great character driven mystery. Worth taking a look at."
October 12, 2011
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This is a pretty good thriller with an interesting and original story. The performances are solid as is the script, the only real problem is that, with so many modern thrillers, due to few lead characters (4 in this case) it's never going to be a big surprise as to 'Who dunnit'. That said, it wasn't predictable and was never boring and shouldn't be passed by as just another straight to video thriller.
July 2, 2010
SirPant

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Standard thriller with only one surprise or two but not much else. As soon as I saw Ed Harris come into play, I knew what was going to happen by the end. What elevates this film from terrible to just average is the performances by Samuel L. Jackson and Harris. Both are great in a pretty dull and pulse-less thriller.
July 23, 2009
Dan Schultz

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