• PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Action & Adventure, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    In Theaters:
    Jan 5, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 24, 2007
  • New Line Cinema

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Code Name: The Cleaner Reviews

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Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

The result is another opportunity lost.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 3/10

February 3, 2007

Los Angeles Daily News

The memory of this movie will have left your brain before you walk out of the theater. If you're lucky.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

February 3, 2007
Jette Kernion
Cinematical

The outtakes in the closing credits were the funniest parts of the movie.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 1/5

January 24, 2007
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle

The talented comedian mugs his way through an utterly deflated film.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 0/5

January 20, 2007
Pete Hammond
Maxim

This is the kind of movie where everyone looks like they are having a lot more fun than the audience.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

January 19, 2007
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Well, you really can't expect much from comedies this time of year.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

January 14, 2007
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

Even as a comedy all of this begs credulity.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 13, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Cedric and Lucy Liu...may want to give their agents a good talking-to.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 1/5

January 11, 2007
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...it's not merely that the script is a sloppy, by-the-numbers action farce; it's more the leaden hand of director Les Mayfield...

January 11, 2007
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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Get Lucy Liu better roles!

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

January 10, 2007
Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com

Hollywood certainly didn't waste anytime in turning out its first insulting blaxploitation flick of 2007.

Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com | Original Score: 0/4

January 7, 2007
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Because of its clever story, funny leading man and two gorgeous supporting actresses, 'Code Name: The Cleaner' is a welcome January surprise.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

January 7, 2007
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

...I humbly submit that Cedric the Entertainer be required to give up the "Entertainer" portion of his nom de plume until he actually starts entertaining us.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: .5/5

January 6, 2007
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

Cedric's style of humor seems to be stating the obvious, but doing it really fast. He mumbles out loud and makes lame observations.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

January 6, 2007

Not the kind of movie you need to rush out and see, but if you're sitting at home trying to decide between doing your own cleaning and watching The Cleaner, I'd pick the movie.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 5, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[A] cheerfully dumb spy comedy filled with ridiculous stereotypes and plot holes as big as cartoon anvils.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 5, 2007
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

...the comedy half doesn't work without the intrigue half, and director Mayfield doesn't look like he would know intrigue if Martin Scorsese brought it to him wrapped in butcher paper with a bow on top.

Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas) | Original Score: 0.5/4

January 5, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 5, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It's a bad sign for a comedy when viewers are left pining for more ineptly staged shoot-'em-up sequences.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

January 5, 2007
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 5, 2007
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