Cleaner (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes


Cleaner (2008)




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An extremely hygienic man uses his urge in his professional life as a crime scene cleaner. When he becomes involved in a job he later finds out was a covered up murder, he gets tied in to a web of deception, that un-earths his own family's long buried pain and secrets.

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Ed Harris
as Eddie Lorenzo
Eva Mendes
as Ann Norcut
Luis Guzman
as Det. Jim Vargas
Keke Palmer
as Rose Cutler
Christa Campbell
as Beth Jensen
Edrick Browne
as Det. Darrin Harris
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Critic Reviews for Cleaner

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Low-energy and grindingly mediocre, it adds a whole new dimension to Harlin's wildly uneven oeuvre: tedium.

May 28, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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I did like the dynamic between Samuel L. Jackson and Keke Palmer. I'd like to see them play father and daughter in the better film.

May 27, 2008

A neatly contained crime whodunit with a nifty setup and an expert lead performance from Samuel L. Jackson.

September 18, 2007

Cleaner suffers from a distracting case of visual jitters and takes a CSI approach to fetishizing the messy nature of the human body.

September 14, 2007 | Full Review…

the longest 90 minutes of my life

August 10, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's not that Cleaner is a terrible film, it just doesn't rear back and sock the viewer in the jaw like a great thriller should. It's mild sauce from the first frame to the last.

May 20, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cleaner

Mediocre, mildly entertaining thriller that does not make the most of its somewhat interesting premise. You can smell the few surprises miles away and the showdown is not particularly exciting, even if the editing tries to make you think so. Unbelievable what huge and entertaining films director Harlin created in the 90s. Amazing that he got such a good cast for this rather tame product.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Great cast. A crime scene cleaner gets intertwined in a cover up.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes, Luis Guzmán, Keke Palmer, Christa Campbell, Ritchie Montgomery, Robert Forster, Peter Franzen Director: Renny Harlin Summary: After years as a detective, Tom Carver (Samuel L. Jackson) runs a business specializing in cleaning up crime scenes. But when he realizes his latest gig at a ritzy suburban house might have been a cover-up for a homicide, he must clean up the injustice. Our hygienic hero gets far more than he bargained for in director Renny Harlin's twisty crime thriller, co-starring Ed Harris as Carver's old partner and Eva Mendes as a grieving wife. My Thoughts: "Original, interesting, and a suspenseful murder mystery. Most films with Samuel L. Jackson you see him kicking ass and being a loud personality. In this film he is a calm single father. Quite a switch from his usual films. I really enjoyed him in the movie. I also enjoyed the story, it being something I haven't seen before. Always great when there's a new concept that works. The twist is also good in this film. I really didn't see it going the way it did. Ed Harris and Samuel L. Jackson are great together in this movie, and I would really like to see them teamed up in another film. Keke Palmer also does a great job in this movie and her character really tugs at your heart strings. It was a great character driven mystery. Worth taking a look at."


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