Cleaner (2008)




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An extremely hygienic man uses his urge in his professional life as a crime scene cleaner. When he becomes involved in a job he later finds out was a covered up murder, he gets tied in to a web of deception, that un-earths his own family's long buried pain and secrets.
R (for bloody images, some violence and language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Ed Harris
as Eddie Lorenzo
Samuel L. Jackson
as Tom Cutler
Eva Mendes
as Ann Norcut
Luis Guzman
as Det. Jim Vargas
Keke Palmer
as Rose Cutler
Christa Campbell
as Beth Jensen
Peter Franzén
as Bronson
Edrick Browne
as Det. Darrin Harris
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Critic Reviews for Cleaner

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

Low-energy and grindingly mediocre, it adds a whole new dimension to Harlin's wildly uneven oeuvre: tedium.

Full Review… | May 28, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

I did like the dynamic between Samuel L. Jackson and Keke Palmer. I'd like to see them play father and daughter in the better film.

May 27, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A neatly contained crime whodunit with a nifty setup and an expert lead performance from Samuel L. Jackson.

September 18, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Cleaner suffers from a distracting case of visual jitters and takes a CSI approach to fetishizing the messy nature of the human body.

Full Review… | September 13, 2007
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Cleaner


Great cast. A crime scene cleaner gets intertwined in a cover up.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes, Luis Guzmán, Keke Palmer, Christa Campbell, Ritchie Montgomery, Robert Forster, Peter Franzen Director: Renny Harlin Summary: After years as a detective, Tom Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) runs a business specializing in cleaning up crime scenes. But when he realizes his latest gig at a ritzy suburban house might have been a cover-up for a homicide, he must clean up the injustice. Our hygienic hero gets far more than he bargained for in director Renny Harlin's twisty crime thriller, co-starring Ed Harris as Carver's old partner and Eva Mendes as a grieving wife. My Thoughts: "Original, interesting, and a suspenseful murder mystery. Most films with Samuel L. Jackson you see him kicking ass and being a loud personality. In this film he is a calm single father. Quite a switch from his usual films. I really enjoyed him in the movie. I also enjoyed the story, it being something I haven't seen before. Always great when there's a new concept that works. The twist is also good in this film. I really didn't see it going the way it did. Ed Harris and Samuel L. Jackson are great together in this movie, and I would really like to see them teamed up in another film. Keke Palmer also does a great job in this movie and her character really tugs at your heart strings. It was a great character driven mystery. Worth taking a look at."


Super Reviewer

Standard thriller with only one surprise or two but not much else. As soon as I saw Ed Harris come into play, I knew what was going to happen by the end. What elevates this film from terrible to just average is the performances by Samuel L. Jackson and Harris. Both are great in a pretty dull and pulse-less thriller.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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