Clean (2005)

A woman throws herself into a last-ditch struggle to conquer her demons in this gritty drama from director Olivier Assayas. Lee Hauser (James Johnston) is a faded rock star who lives with his wife, Emily Wang (Maggie Cheung), the former… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 18, 2005
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In one of her best roles, Cheung gives a believable and arresting performance as a recovering addict.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A disappointment.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

There are so many quiet, understated miracles unfolding in Clean that all you can do is watch in awe and amazement.

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Howard Hampton
Film Comment Magazine

The one-two combination of Nolte's essential generosity and decency as an actor with Cheung's innate levelheadedness nicely gets around the customary trumped-up "conflict" movies over-rely on.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Cheung makes her character work, despite a weak plot and script, both by director Assayas.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It helps -- immensely -- that Cheung is pitch-perfect. Her performance is heartbreaking.

Demetrios Matheou

A tough tale that gives a fresh perspective and brittle honesty to the experiences of a recovering drug addict.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Maggie Cheung gives an astonishingly complex performance as a junkie rock star trying to clean up her act.

Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

It's a joy to watch the characters in this grown-up drama interact, their exchanges laced with anger and doubt, sadness and regret.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

It's a movie about bad choices and suffering the consequences and unfortunately, a lot of the suffering is done on the audience's side of the movie screen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Rubia Carolina
Impossible not to think about Kurt and Courtney, even if inspite of choosing to bring up a "glamourous" drug and rock n´roll world (or the typical… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Clean works as a thoughtful, smart, and realistic look at drug abuse and the ramifications from it. It features a powerful and nuanced performance by Maggie… More
Drew Smith
Clean is all about the slow burn. It keeps itself thankfully distanced from the histrionics and melodrama of a typical drug movie, instead immersing itself in… More
Jeff Boam
Like a painting on the wall of the Met, films should continue to invite inspection long after the voyeur has left the theater--like true art should. Slow and… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Clean", Emily(Maggie Cheung) and Lee(James Johnston) are a rock and roll couple on the skids in Hamilton, Ontario.(Their son,… More
John Ballantine
A really interesting premise. We have the Chinese Maggie Cheung in France interacting with the very American Nick Nolte in a drama involving drugs and custody.… More