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Code Name: The Cleaner Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 18, 2011
Code Name: The Cleaner isn't the worse comedy ever made; it probably won't even be the worst of 2007. For the most part it's simply boring, with fleeting patches of ineptness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
The Entertainer conjures up some charm, and DeRay Davis provides pyrotechnics as a janitor/wanna-be rapper, but like the teddy-clad bubble-bath square-off between Liu and Sheridan, it's just not enough.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 27, 2007
Depressingly laugh-free comedy that's so irredeemably awful that you'll wonder why Martin Lawrence isn't in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Gritten
Independent (UK)
December 7, 2007
The one laugh is in the production notes, where director Les Mayfield claims this is a comic take on the Jason Bourne movies. As if.
Phelim O'Neill
Guardian
December 7, 2007
If you like comedies but hate going to the trouble of actually laughing, then this might just be the movie you've been waiting for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Daily Mirror (UK)
December 7, 2007
Although comprised of lowest-common denominator gags, it's an oddly hard-to-follow affair, with good and bad FBI agents popping up everywhere and the plot only revealing itself in fits and starts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 7, 2007
The sooner Code Name... gets flushed out of cinemas, the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
December 7, 2007
where the number-one superguy used to solve crazy mix-ups like this in 15 minutes, The Cleaner takes a laboured, exposition-larded hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
December 7, 2007
Do anything: rob a petrol station, superglue your eyelids together, chew on broken glass, just avoid at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
December 7, 2007
Code Name: The Cleaner is one of the year's big stinkers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ross Bennett
Empire Magazine
December 7, 2007
A prime candidate for Worst Movie Of 2007.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
December 7, 2007
too clumsy to be the sophisticated parody of memory-loss films it might have been, too bland for its action sequences to kick any ass, too dumbed-down to make much out of the clashes of race, class and gender at the heart of its fish-out-of-water comedy
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Scott Collura
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007
If Cedric the Entertainer's constant mugging for the camera is not your cup of tea, and a derivative plot, relatively humorless script, and mundane directing aren't up your alley, then best to clean Code Name: The Cleaner off your must-see list right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 24, 2007
...a rather silly and humorless affair that pretty much wastes Cedric's comic talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
April 19, 2007
Code Name: The Minstrel Coon Show!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
March 24, 2007
The kind of comedy that you'll forget mere moments after seeing.
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2007
There's some pretty good improvised shtick from DeRay Davis as a wacky janitor. But these are small pleasures in a movie that never really generates any serious laughs.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Beyond such amateurishly ill-constructed plot points, what should be a fast-moving film is slow and repetitious.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
February 24, 2007
From its weak premise to its boring action to its unpleasant jokes, this movie fulfills the worst expectations of January releases: it's awful.
Top Critic
Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Ponderous wisecracks and cloak-and-dagger high jinks pass for comic intrigue in this hapless mix of yuks and kicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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