Code Name: The Cleaner Reviews

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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.
December 7, 2007
The sooner Code Name... gets flushed out of cinemas, the better.
December 7, 2007
Do anything: rob a petrol station, superglue your eyelids together, chew on broken glass, just avoid at all costs.
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.
February 3, 2007
Ponderous wisecracks and cloak-and-dagger high jinks pass for comic intrigue in this hapless mix of yuks and kicks.
January 10, 2007
Get Lucy Liu better roles!
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.
January 5, 2007
It's a bad sign for a comedy when viewers are left pining for more ineptly staged shoot-'em-up sequences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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).
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.
January 5, 2007
It's Memento for dummies. But to this movie's credit, I couldn't follow it, either.
January 5, 2007
Cedric the Entertainer's artless performance deadens what could have been a much funnier comedy.
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.
January 4, 2007
Code Name: The Cleaner offers no surprises but is good-natured and funny.
January 4, 2007
Cedric the Entertainer is never going to be Cedric the Leading Man.
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