Code Name: The Cleaner
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A man who has lost his memory has a new and dangerous life thrust upon him in this comedy thriller. Jake (Cedric the Entertainer) is a janitor who finds himself stricken with a crippling case of amnesia. While Jake struggles to regain his memory and identity, he becomes convinced that he's an undercover spy who is trying to ferret out a ring of underground arms dealers wanted by the FBI and the CIA. As Jake is thrown into the world of international intrigue, he gains an unlikely ally in Gina (Lucy Liu), an actual U.S. intelligence agent who is tracking the same bad guys and develops a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

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"Do anything: rob a petrol station, superglue your eyelids together, chew on broken glass, just avoid at all costs."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Get Lucy Liu better roles!"
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"Code Name: The Cleaner isn't the worse comedy ever made; it probably won't even be the worst of 2007. For the most part it's simply boring, with fleeting patches of ineptness."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"The one laugh is in the production notes, where director Les Mayfield claims this is a comic take on the Jason Bourne movies. As if."
‑ David Gritten, Independent
"The sooner Code Name... gets flushed out of cinemas, the better."
‑ Catherine Chambers, BBC
"There's some pretty good improvised shtick from DeRay Davis as a wacky janitor. But these are small pleasures in a movie that never really generates any serious laughs."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"How do films this stale and generic continue to get made, let alone with topflight talent? Cedric has been stealing scenes from bigger names for nearly a decade; he deserves better than a few amusingly-improvised minutes at the end of his own movie."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The Entertainer conjures up some charm, and DeRay Davis provides pyrotechnics as a janitor/wanna-be rapper, but like the teddy-clad bubble-bath square-off between Liu and Sheridan, it's just not enough."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"If you like comedies but hate going to the trouble of actually laughing, then this might just be the movie you've been waiting for."
‑ Phelim O'Neill, Guardian [UK]
"where the number-one superguy used to solve crazy mix-ups like this in 15 minutes, The Cleaner takes a laboured, exposition-larded hour and a half."
‑ Ken McIntyre, Total Film
"Ponderous wisecracks and cloak-and-dagger high jinks pass for comic intrigue in this hapless mix of yuks and kicks."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"Aside from Cedric's admittedly appealing persona -- he's always watchable, even in dreck like this -- there's absolutely nothing to recommend The Cleaner, not the putative comedy nor the action, which kicks in only at the end."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Depressingly laugh-free comedy that's so irredeemably awful that you'll wonder why Martin Lawrence isn't in it."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Although comprised of lowest-common denominator gags, it's an oddly hard-to-follow affair, with good and bad FBI agents popping up everywhere and the plot only revealing itself in fits and starts."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"Code Name: The Cleaner is one of the year's big stinkers."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
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