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When a man who specializes in cleaning crime scenes washes away the evidence of a murder before the crime is reported, he soon becomes drawn into a deadly mystery in this thriller directed by Renny Harlin, and starring Samuel L. Jackson. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"the longest 90 minutes of my life"
‑ Brian Chen,
"It's a clever premise"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Cleaner is a watchable film, but one which feels like a missed opportunity."
‑ Filip Vukcevic, IGN Movies
"A neatly contained crime whodunit with a nifty setup and an expert lead performance from Samuel L. Jackson."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Low-energy and grindingly mediocre, it adds a whole new dimension to Harlin's wildly uneven oeuvre: tedium."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"...a substantial improvement over some of filmmaker Renny Harlin's more recent efforts..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Beyond the contributions from Samuel L. Jackson and Ed Harris, however, there's very little worth talking."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
"Cleaner suffers from a distracting case of visual jitters and takes a CSI approach to fetishizing the messy nature of the human body."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"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,
"The "cleaning" thing was done and done better in Curdled and in terms of a crime drama, Cleaner just doesn't measure up."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
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