Clean Reviews

March 2, 2008
A disappointment.
December 27, 2006
It's a movie about bad choices and suffering the consequences and unfortunately, a lot of the suffering is done on the audience's side of the movie screen.
June 29, 2006
The viewer comes to identify with Jay, feeling jerked around and not really wanting to get to know Emily, a lost soul who isn't worth two hours of audience investment to find.
June 9, 2006
Assayas tells her tale sympathetically, but this sad saga lacks substance. He sells the wretch but not the redemption.
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.
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.
May 13, 2006
Cheung has a long way to go to be able to add much to a meandering, unfocused storyline or to develop much care for the plight of a marginal character.
May 10, 2006
Mr. Assayas has given us an international soap opera with little or no dramatic substance.
April 28, 2006
... Clean comes across as a disappointingly shallow picture that pales considerably beside such similarly themed films as Little Fish and the harrowing indie drama Down to the Bone.
April 28, 2006
Olivier Assayas' 'Clean' is in its way beguiling, once you survive its churning, narrow depth-of-field surface.
April 27, 2006
It's a film that hasn't found what it's looking for.
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.
July 5, 2005
Bit of a mediocre drama from writer-director Assayas despite some good turns, not least from Nick Nolte and Beatrice Dalle.
July 5, 2005
Heroin really screws you up. And this deathly dull drug drama will do the same – if you manage to get to the end, that is.
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.
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.
September 25, 2004
A potentially incisive treatise on the nature of redemption and reinvention is given disappointingly watered-down treatment.