Clean, Shaven (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Clean, Shaven (1995)




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Peter Greene stars in this downbeat character study as a schizophrenic man trying to function in a world that seems thoroughly alien to him, while also searching for his lost daughter. Meanwhile, a detective is tracing his steps in a murder investigation.

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Peter Greene
as Peter Winter
Robert Albert
as Jack McNally
Megan Owen
as Mrs. Winter
Molly Castelloe
as Melinda Frayne
Jennifer Macdonald
as Nicole Frayne
Alice LeVitt
as Girl with Ball
Jill Chamberlain
as Teenager at Motel
Agathe Leclerc
as Murdered Girl
Roget Joly
as Police Photographer
Rene Beaudin
as Boy on Bicycle
J. Dixon Byrne
as Dr. Michaels
Eliot Rockett
as Man on Ladder/Man in Jeep
Angela Vibert
as Girl in Rain
Karen MacDonald
as Girl in Rain
Lee Kayman
as Bartender
Ismael Ramirez
as Psychotic Derelict
Marty Clinis
as Library Patron
Ruth Gottheimer
as Library Patron
June Kelly
as Librarian
Grace Vibert
as Schoolteacher
James Hance
as Man in Adoption Agency
Marti Wilkerson
as Adoption Agent
Michael Benson
as Man in Jeep
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Critic Reviews for Clean, Shaven

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

It is a harrowing, exhausting, painful film, and a very good one -- a film that will not appeal to most filmgoers, but will be valued by anyone with a serious interest in schizophrenia or, for that matter, in film.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

it is a horror that resides in the imagination as much as in the real world, a horror that viewers themselves help to construct as they piece the film's fragmented parts together according to their own tendencies, (mis)apprehensions and desires.

February 24, 2021 | Full Review…

Consegue retratar os sintomas da esquizofrenia de maneira particularmente eficaz graças ao brilhantismo de seu design de som e à atuação intensa de Greene.

April 15, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

A definite must-see for the adventurous.

April 9, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Kerrigan, in the film's denouement, might have succeeded in defying our expectations to the extent that, as in The Sixth Sense, his victory renders what came before it superfluous.

February 7, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Kerrigan succeeds in challenging stereotypes of mental illness as seen in movies and TV: Clean, Shaven is a stark ripose to the Hollywood notion that the mentally ill are fonts of simple wisdom and goodness.

June 2, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Clean, Shaven

Hallucinating the whole time, a man recently released from a mental institution tracks down his long-lost daughter, while being pursued by a detective who believes he's responsible for the murder of a young girl. Subjective and disorienting, CLEAN, SHAVEN is one of the most harrowing portraits of paranoid schizophrenia ever filmed; ranks just below PSYCHO and REPULSION in the pantheon of horrifying studies of mental illness.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer


I didn't like this movie but I think I just wasn't in the mood, it was really disturbing and graphic at times.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer


A dirty, disturbing, and disgusting film chronicling the life of a man (Peter Greene) with schizophrenia released from a mental institution, and his efforts to reconnect with his mother and to find his daughter, while a detective (Robert Albert) is convinced he is responsible for a murder of a young girl. While, as said above, this is a filthy movie, it will definitely stick with you. The disease of schizophrenia is detailed in rich detail, the little voices popping up here and there, director Lodge Kerrigan really makes you feel like you are experiencing what this guy has to live with, and it feels terrible. Although I do think it ran a little short, and the detective wasn't as colored as he should've been, this is an overall outstanding movie with a phenomenal performance from Peter Greene.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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