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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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Top Critic Reviews

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

This is a pretty good thriller with an interesting and original story. The performances are solid as is the script, the only real problem is that, with so many modern thrillers, due to few lead characters (4 in this case) it's never going to be a big surprise as to 'Who dunnit'. That said, it wasn't predictable and was never boring and shouldn't be passed by as just another straight to video thriller.

- SirPant, Friday, July 2, 2010

3 stars

The most enjoyable performance by Samuel L Jackson in the last few years. ?Cleaner? shows a new and interesting perspective from the crime scene and all in all was an enjoyable film with an enjoyable cast.

- 76Majikat, Saturday, March 28, 2009

5 stars

700th Review! I found this film fascinating. There is no real villain and the plot is brilliant: a man who makes his living cleaning up after dead bodies becomes embroiled in a conspiracy when he realizes that he's done a job before the police were called. All the acting is stellar in this, as is the dialogue and the exchanges between characters. It must be very hard for a single writer to do, but every character has a very distinct personality and voice that comes through in even the briefest scenes. Keke Palmer was great in this, and she and Samuel Jackson create a really believable father-daughter dynamic. The direction was terrific and I even liked the gore effects. It's unusual for them to actually add to the story instead of seeming gratuitous. I really relished this film.

- MidnightMadwoman, Friday, January 30, 2009