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  • Summary: A desperate woman with a drug problem seeks to put her life in order to regain contact with her little boy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Can a misguided adult start afresh with a new set of values and priorities? This ambitious drama, directed by one of France's most resourceful filmmakers, explores that crucial question in depth and detail.
  2. 100
    Cheung is one of the finest actresses working today, an expressive, lustrous beauty capable of plumbing a boundless range of emotional hues. This is the greatest performance she's given to date.
  3. 88
    Emily is played by Maggie Cheung with such intense desperation that she won the best actress award at Cannes 2004.
  4. The rough, exposed emotional candor of Cheung's singing voice carries into her performance.
  5. 75
    Cheung and Nick Nolte seem unlikely co-stars, but co-star they do in Clean, giving gritty performances under the direction of Frenchman Olivier Assayas.
  6. 70
    It's the moral journey of Nolte's character that is the real story in Clean, but Assayas instead focuses on the manipulative habits of an addict, resulting in a mannered study of narcissism and self-pity.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    40
    Dramatically pallid and unconvincing. Despite being written for her, the director's "Irma Vep" muse Maggie Cheung seems oddly miscast here and is ill-served by an emotionally underpowered screenplay that rarely gets beneath the surface of the character's problems.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7

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