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Code Name: The Cleaner Reviews

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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
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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.
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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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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
January 10, 2007
Get Lucy Liu better roles!
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 5, 2007
How do films this stale and generic continue to get made, let alone with topflight talent? Cedric has been stealing scenes from bigger names for nearly a decade; he deserves better than a few amusingly-improvised minutes at the end of his own movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 5, 2007
It's a bad sign for a comedy when viewers are left pining for more ineptly staged shoot-'em-up sequences.
| Original Score: D+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 5, 2007
Aside from Cedric's admittedly appealing persona -- he's always watchable, even in dreck like this -- there's absolutely nothing to recommend The Cleaner, not the putative comedy nor the action, which kicks in only at the end.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
January 5, 2007
It's comedian DeRay Davis and sassy actress Niecy Nash, who earn a few laughs in small supporting roles. Still, any resemblance to real entertainment is strictly coincidental.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 5, 2007
The good news is, Cedric can make even eating Skittles sort of funny -- and he easily saves this movie from being a wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 5, 2007
Nicollette Sheridan, playing a femme fatale, is all hard body and desperate cheekbones; you just want to give the poor woman a malted, and some acting lessons.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 5, 2007
The idea is that given the basic premise, the comedian will fill in the gaps with his own bits of business. Cedric is hardly up to the task. Though he's a scene stealer in other people's movies, he relies on tired reactions ("heeellll naw" is his mantra).
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 5, 2007
A faux thriller plot has something to do with a stolen computer chip. The chip isn't the only thing missing from this tepid concoction. You may be hard pressed to find real laughs, with Cedric proving more affable than funny.
| Original Score: D+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 5, 2007
It's Memento for dummies. But to this movie's credit, I couldn't follow it, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
January 5, 2007
Cedric the Entertainer's artless performance deadens what could have been a much funnier comedy.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
January 4, 2007
January is usually not the time to expect much high art among new releases, but this is an especially limp star vehicle.
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
January 4, 2007
Code Name: The Cleaner offers no surprises but is good-natured and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 4, 2007
Cedric the Entertainer is never going to be Cedric the Leading Man.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 4, 2007
Cedric the Entertainer, whose standup comedy act is utterly endearing, is hung out to dry in this feeble spy comedy. It is not only pitched at 12-year-olds, it was apparently made by them.
| Original Score: 1/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 4, 2007
There are better action scenes in marionette shows.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 4, 2007
Director Les Mayfield can only do so much with the anemic, obvious script by Robert Adetuyi and George Gallo. And while his limited action sequences are very solid, this is a comedy, and within it he doesn't do much for his actors.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 4, 2007
Except for a couple of Cedric's ad-libs, which are funnier in the closing-credit outtakes than in the movie itself, the whole thing is just lame and inane.