The Cleaner : Season 1

  • Network: A&E
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 15, 2008
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 7 out of 15

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Critic Reviews

  1. 37
    It's all meant to be exciting, but like everything else about The Cleaner, it comes across as almost profoundly silly.
  2. I'd describe it as ludicrous, but that might give the impression that it's remotely entertaining.
  3. Without more skillful dialogue and lively stories, this won't help A&E kick the reality habit.
  4. 30
    If these dorky team-on-the-move scenes look like something out of "Charlie's Angels," the shiftless-druggie scenes in the show's premiere look like they were pulled straight from an "Afterschool Special" about the dangers of snorting heroin.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    A&E bet heavily on "The Sopranos" reruns to brand the channel, but its grit and blue language notwithstanding, The Cleaner doesn't represent the kind of hour destined to build on that foundation.
  6. 30
    Despite a fine cast and a harrowing topic, The Cleaner rarely gets beyond the surfaces.
  7. 30
    It's the end of the hour, and we're still waiting for the real show to begin, too.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. AndrewV.
    Jun 30, 2009
    5
    Ambitious concept, unique idea, terrible writing and dialogue. This could be a good show, but the writers need to be fired. A procedural Ambitious concept, unique idea, terrible writing and dialogue. This could be a good show, but the writers need to be fired. A procedural drama about drug addiction is intensely stupid, and borderline offensive. Full Review »
  2. BrianK.
    Dec 9, 2008
    0
    This seriously has to be one the most convoluted things to come to television......at least among the shows I've watched.
  3. DaveW
    Aug 10, 2008
    2
    Veers between stupid sentimentality and grotesque heroic posturing. Waste of time.