Cleaner (2008)


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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.

Rating: R (for bloody images, some violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Matthew Aldrich
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 27, 2008
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as Eddie Lorenzo

as Ann Norcut

as Det. Jim Vargas

as Rose Cutler

as Beth Jensen

as Det. Darrin Harris
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Critic Reviews for Cleaner

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | May 28, 2008
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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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

September 18, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Top Critic

the longest 90 minutes of my life

Full Review… | August 10, 2008

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008

Audience Reviews for Cleaner


Great cast. A crime scene cleaner gets intertwined in a cover up.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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."


Super Reviewer

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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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