Code Name: The Cleaner

User Score
4.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18

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  1. Jul 17, 2015
    6
    This film only gets a little emotion when Lucy Liu arrives on the scene , but the great Cedric also managed to cause a few laughs . The remaining characters are only supposed actors of comedy that even caused me a small smile.
  2. ChadS.
    Mar 9, 2007
    4
    Film noir as low-brow comedy; that's the platform, that's the m.o. for "Code Name: Cleaner", a forgettable, but arguably transgressive film("Double Indemnity" wouldn't have a gag reel this funny) which reimagines Dashiel Hammett as Keenan Ivory Wayans. A janitor indeed makes a good everyman, but "Code Name: the Cleaner" isn't really serious about reinventing film noir Film noir as low-brow comedy; that's the platform, that's the m.o. for "Code Name: Cleaner", a forgettable, but arguably transgressive film("Double Indemnity" wouldn't have a gag reel this funny) which reimagines Dashiel Hammett as Keenan Ivory Wayans. A janitor indeed makes a good everyman, but "Code Name: the Cleaner" isn't really serious about reinventing film noir for a demographic that doesn't watch Turner Classic Movies. For some reason, the film shies away from going to that absurd level the audience is anticipating. The special ops flashbacks are wasted, but in a way, they faintly recall "Existenz" since those memories are a simulation. Expand
  3. PnArdyPnArdy
    May 13, 2007
    5
    Not so bad action comedy. However, I would say, the action part looks rather silly and way unrealistic. I love Lucy Liu and Cedric. She's gorgeous as always.
  4. DaleHarper
    Jan 8, 2007
    2
    It was an awful movie with little humor, the plot was dumb and confusing. Don't these actors have a reputation to hold? It was really dumb, don't see it.
  5. DavidH.
    Jan 22, 2007
    6
    Though not a highly publicised movie, it still had many moments for laughter. A simple movie that is simply enjoyable.
Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. 50
    The problem is, while the thriller aspects of the movie are serviceable, they aren't good enough to form the basis of anything more serious than a sit-com, and by spending as much time on them as Code Name: The Cleaner does, it makes the film at times seem drawn-out and tedious.
  2. This implausible plot full of holes does pave the way for a series of Cedric the Entertainer skits and physical gags. None of these is very funny. A few are painfully unfunny. In either case, the movie comes to a standstill. It's a pity no one thought to screen old Bob Hope movies to see how to integrate comedy into genre filmmaking.
  3. Gets entertaining when Liu kicks in.