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Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)



Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 79

Code Name: The Cleaner is a limp action/comedy flick that alternates between lame, worn-out jokes and cheesy martial arts.


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 21

Code Name: The Cleaner is a limp action/comedy flick that alternates between lame, worn-out jokes and cheesy martial arts.



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A man who has lost his memory has a new and dangerous life thrust upon him in this comedy thriller. Jake (Cedric the Entertainer) is a janitor who finds himself stricken with a crippling case of amnesia. While Jake struggles to regain his memory and identity, he becomes convinced that he's an undercover spy who is trying to ferret out a ring of underground arms dealers wanted by the FBI and the CIA. As Jake is thrown into the world of international intrigue, he gains an unlikely ally in Gina


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Apr 24, 2007


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All Critics (83) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (79) | DVD (6)

Do anything: rob a petrol station, superglue your eyelids together, chew on broken glass, just avoid at all costs.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There's some pretty good improvised shtick from DeRay Davis as a wacky janitor. But these are small pleasures in a movie that never really generates any serious laughs.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Ponderous wisecracks and cloak-and-dagger high jinks pass for comic intrigue in this hapless mix of yuks and kicks.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Get Lucy Liu better roles!

January 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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How do films this stale and generic continue to get made, let alone with topflight talent? Cedric has been stealing scenes from bigger names for nearly a decade; he deserves better than a few amusingly-improvised minutes at the end of his own movie.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Aside from Cedric's admittedly appealing persona -- he's always watchable, even in dreck like this -- there's absolutely nothing to recommend The Cleaner, not the putative comedy nor the action, which kicks in only at the end.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Code Name: The Cleaner isn't the worse comedy ever made; it probably won't even be the worst of 2007. For the most part it's simply boring, with fleeting patches of ineptness.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source:

The Entertainer conjures up some charm, and DeRay Davis provides pyrotechnics as a janitor/wanna-be rapper, but like the teddy-clad bubble-bath square-off between Liu and Sheridan, it's just not enough.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Depressingly laugh-free comedy that's so irredeemably awful that you'll wonder why Martin Lawrence isn't in it.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The one laugh is in the production notes, where director Les Mayfield claims this is a comic take on the Jason Bourne movies. As if.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

If you like comedies but hate going to the trouble of actually laughing, then this might just be the movie you've been waiting for.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Although comprised of lowest-common denominator gags, it's an oddly hard-to-follow affair, with good and bad FBI agents popping up everywhere and the plot only revealing itself in fits and starts.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The sooner Code Name... gets flushed out of cinemas, the better.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

where the number-one superguy used to solve crazy mix-ups like this in 15 minutes, The Cleaner takes a laboured, exposition-larded hour and a half.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Code Name: The Cleaner is one of the year's big stinkers.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A prime candidate for Worst Movie Of 2007.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

too clumsy to be the sophisticated parody of memory-loss films it might have been, too bland for its action sequences to kick any ass, too dumbed-down to make much out of the clashes of race, class and gender at the heart of its fish-out-of-water comedy

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

If Cedric the Entertainer's constant mugging for the camera is not your cup of tea, and a derivative plot, relatively humorless script, and mundane directing aren't up your alley, then best to clean Code Name: The Cleaner off your must-see list right now.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

...a rather silly and humorless affair that pretty much wastes Cedric's comic talents.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Code Name: The Minstrel Coon Show!

April 19, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

The kind of comedy that you'll forget mere moments after seeing.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Beyond such amateurishly ill-constructed plot points, what should be a fast-moving film is slow and repetitious.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

From its weak premise to its boring action to its unpleasant jokes, this movie fulfills the worst expectations of January releases: it's awful.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Code Name: The Cleaner

Because of its clever story, funny leading man and two gorgeous supporting actresses, 'Code Name: The Cleaner' is a welcome
February 25, 2010

Super Reviewer

A lightly funny waste of my cinematic time.
July 10, 2008

Super Reviewer

This movie is good and quite funny. Very low quality on the script and overall cinematography, but Lucy Liu and Nicollette Sheridan are both awesome. Good entertaining movie.
December 16, 2007

Super Reviewer

A flop in the box office, but a hit in my heart!
December 12, 2011

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