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Code Name: The Cleaner Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 4, 2007
Cedric the Entertainer is never going to be Cedric the Leading Man.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 4, 2007
From past experience, viewers know that Cedric the Entertainer can be very funny. While there are times when Code Name: The Cleaner highlights his comedic abilities, there aren't enough of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
January 19, 2007
This is the kind of movie where everyone looks like they are having a lot more fun than the audience.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 4, 2007
Cedric might just want to clean this one right off his resume.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 4, 2007
This implausible plot full of holes does pave the way for a series of Cedric the Entertainer skits and physical gags. None of these is very funny. A few are painfully unfunny.
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.
Edward Douglas
January 3, 2007
Somewhere, John Candy and Chris Farley are high-fivin' each other that they died before headlining this stinker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 4, 2007
The Cleaner is an apt title for a Cedric the Entertainer movie because, once again, he's stuck cleaning up the mess some hack screenwriter left him.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Anton Bitel
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
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 4, 2007
There are better action scenes in marionette shows.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 4, 2007
Cedric the Entertainer gets hit on the head and loses his memory in Code Name: The Cleaner, a condition likely to be desired by anyone foolish enough to sit through Les Mayfield's comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
January 7, 2007
Hollywood certainly didn't waste anytime in turning out its first insulting blaxploitation flick of 2007.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Kam Williams
April 19, 2007
Code Name: The Minstrel Coon Show!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Brian Orndorf
January 4, 2007
The Cleaner offers the viewer a dream sequence with Sheridan and Liu fighting in a bubble bath, but in the best Les Mayfield manner, it only lasts for a brief, flickering moment. What isn't over in a moment? The rest of this dud.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 11, 2007
Cedric and Lucy Liu...may want to give their agents a good talking-to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 5, 2007
The story keeps stopping dead to deliver product placement for Jake's favorite brands of junk food. There must be a better way to work Skittles into the script than to have Jake keep saying things like, 'I love Skittles.'
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joshua Tyler
January 4, 2007
A bunch of small disasters, collected together and fed to Cedric the Entertainer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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