Clean Reviews

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April 25, 2019
Assayas handles the touchy topic judiciously and with remarkable panache.
November 19, 2013
The one-two combination of Nolte's essential generosity and decency as an actor with Cheung's innate levelheadedness nicely gets around the customary trumped-up "conflict" movies over-rely on.
March 3, 2008
A tough tale that gives a fresh perspective and brittle honesty to the experiences of a recovering drug addict.
October 13, 2006
Cheung makes her character work, despite a weak plot and script, both by director Assayas.
October 7, 2006
Maggie Cheung gives an astonishingly complex performance as a junkie rock star trying to clean up her act.
July 7, 2006
While this somber drug-abuse drama contains few surprises -- it's pretty much what we've come expect to expect from such material -- Cheung's convincing performance as a drug addict is what makes it watchable.
July 7, 2006
While it may sound like the premise for a Lifetime movie starring Tori Spelling, Clean pulls off the difficult task of telling a deeply emotional story without slipping into excessive sentimentality.
July 7, 2006
Cheung reveals a wealth of intense emotions, never once going for a predictable emotional chord.
June 30, 2006
There are so many quiet, understated miracles unfolding in Clean that all you can do is watch in awe and amazement.
June 30, 2006
It helps -- immensely -- that Cheung is pitch-perfect. Her performance is heartbreaking.
June 29, 2006
The rough, exposed emotional candor of Cheung's singing voice carries into her performance...
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.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
The film locates its heart muscle, however, in its performances.
June 24, 2006
One of the most emotionally honest movies about drug addiction ever made. Well, maybe not addiction per se, but rather the attempt to disgorge oneself from heroin's grip.
June 23, 2006
Beautifully shot and cut, written with a visceral aversion to cliche, deftly skirting sentimentality, sensationalism and simplicity, it continually surprises, engages and satisfies.
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.
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
Cheung, a star of Irma Vep and many Chinese films, has probably her best role so far, even after working for Wong Kar-wai and Zhang Yimou.
June 9, 2006
It's a globe-trotting drama with more than a touch of Wim Wenders whim to it.
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.
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