Clean Reviews

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March 2, 2008
A disappointment.
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.
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
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 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
Assayas tells her tale sympathetically, but this sad saga lacks substance. He sells the wretch but not the redemption.
June 9, 2006
It's a globe-trotting drama with more than a touch of Wim Wenders whim to it.
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.
May 25, 2006
The film that showed the world Maggie Cheung is more than just a strikingly beautiful face.
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.
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.
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.
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