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action & adventure, thrillers

Tom Carver (Jackson) is an ex-cop who now makes his living decontaminating and cleaning up crime scenes. But his life of order and control is suddenly turned upside down when one of his jobs proves to be messier than he anticipated.

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Rotten: the longest 90 minutes of my life

- Brian Chen,, Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Rotten: 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.

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: ...a substantial improvement over some of filmmaker Renny Harlin's more recent efforts...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes, Luis Guzmn, 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."

- LWOODS04, Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2 stars

Standard thriller with only one surprise or two but not much else. As soon as I saw Ed Harris come into play, I knew what was going to happen by the end. What elevates this film from terrible to just average is the performances by Samuel L. Jackson and Harris. Both are great in a pretty dull and pulse-less thriller.

- fb619846742, Thursday, July 23, 2009

3 stars

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

- thmtsang, Thursday, January 31, 2013