Clean - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Clean Reviews

March 2, 2008
A disappointment.
October 13, 2006
Cheung makes her character work, despite a weak plot and script, both by director Assayas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 7, 2006
Maggie Cheung gives an astonishingly complex performance as a junkie rock star trying to clean up her act.
June 30, 2006
There are so many quiet, understated miracles unfolding in Clean that all you can do is watch in awe and amazement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 30, 2006
It helps -- immensely -- that Cheung is pitch-perfect. Her performance is heartbreaking.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2006
It's a joy to watch the characters in this grown-up drama interact, their exchanges laced with anger and doubt, sadness and regret.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
The film locates its heart muscle, however, in its performances.
June 23, 2006
Emily is played by Maggie Cheung with such intense desperation that she won the best actress award at Cannes 2004. Only a few actresses in the world could have handled this role from a technical point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 12, 2006
It's a complex, very successful portrayal of an addictive, selfish, volatile soul who knows she might be running out of chances at a decent life.
June 9, 2006
Assayas tells her tale sympathetically, but this sad saga lacks substance. He sells the wretch but not the redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 9, 2006
It's a globe-trotting drama with more than a touch of Wim Wenders whim to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 8, 2006
It's the moral journey of Nolte's character that is the real story in Clean, but Assayas instead focuses on the manipulative habits of an addict, resulting in a mannered study of narcissism and self-pity.
Top Critic
June 5, 2006
In Clean, Assayas returns to his comfort zone -- the world of appealing young people with interestingly chaotic lives -- and views it through the eyes of a woman who doesn't belong there anymore.
May 26, 2006
Despite Cheung's efforts (she won the best actress award at Cannes in 2004) and a strong and subtle supporting performance by Nick Nolte, the story could have used a good dose of adrenaline to keep it from often seeming lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 25, 2006
The film that showed the world Maggie Cheung is more than just a strikingly beautiful face.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 25, 2006
Assayas' tale of the difficult search for redemption is less a standard road-to-sobriety story than a chance to marvel, close-up, at Cheung.
Read More | Original Score: B-
May 19, 2006
One of those movies that's slightly off the mark in ways that are hard to put a finger on, but it is shot so soulfully and features such beautiful performances that it's easy to forgive the occasional false note.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 18, 2006
The emotional truthfulness of Clean enters into our bloodstreams with its muted vigor, and we find ourselves getting hooked by this tale of getting unhooked.
May 12, 2006
The chief pleasure in the picture is Nick Nolte's performance.
May 10, 2006
Mr. Assayas has given us an international soap opera with little or no dramatic substance.
April 28, 2006
Maggie Cheung and Nick Nolte seem unlikely co-stars, but co-star they do in Clean, giving gritty performances under the direction of Frenchman Olivier Assayas, Cheung's ex-husband.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2006
As evidenced by the best actress award she earned at Cannes, Cheung rises to the occasion ...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2006
Clean is one of the few fiction films to evoke realistically the grubby texture of existence for second- and third-tier rock celebrities crumbling under a combination of fading renown and drug addiction.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2006
As Emily's tale rolls out, it does so in fashion devoid of cliche and convention, toying with time and portraying a heroine who provokes contempt as easily as empathy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 27, 2006
The film gets its distinction from the performances by Cheung and Nolte, whose scenes together are suffused with loss and unexpected mutual compassion.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 25, 2006
All the same and despite Cheung's deserved Best Actress win at Cannes, the feigned intimacy with inexpressible bio-emotional conditions like addiction and detox leaves us, as it almost always does, on the outside.
April 19, 2006
[Cheung] catalogs every up and down on the carousel of a recovering drug addict with a mix of despair, pain, strength, realism and poignancy that is mesmerizing.
April 19, 2006
Not your average divorce gift.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 14, 2005
Feels true to the life of third-string musicians on the road.
March 4, 2005
Dramatically pallid and unconvincing.
March 4, 2005
What Clean needed was a little more dirt, or at least some of the grit that the addict fears will never entirely wash off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 4, 2005
It's not so much a movie in three acts as three movies stuffed into a single casing, and often showing the strain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4