Cleaner (film)

Cleaner is a 2007 American thriller film directed by Renny Harlin, and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Keke Palmer and Eva Mendes.

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Directed byRenny Harlin
Written byMatthew Aldrich
Produced bySteve Golin
Avi Lerner
Michael P. Flannigan
StarringSamuel L. Jackson
Ed Harris
Eva Mendes
Keke Palmer
Luis Guzmán
Jose Pablo Cantillo
Robert Forster
CinematographyScott Kevan
Edited byBrian Berdan
Music byRichard Gibbs
Distributed byScreen Gems
Millennium Films
Release date
  • May 27, 2007 (2007-05-27)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$7.8 million[1]


Single father and former cop Tom Cutler has an unusual occupation: he owns and operates a crime scene cleanup company, and performs many of the duties himself. When he is called to a wealthy suburban residence after a brutal shooting, Cutler is shocked to learn he may have unknowingly erased crucial evidence, and becomes entangled in a dirty criminal cover-up.



On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 17% based on reviews from 12 critics.[2] On Metacritic the film has a score of 49% based on reviews from 4 critics.[3]

Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter gave it a positive review and wrote: "A neatly contained crime whodunit with a nifty setup and an expert lead performance from Samuel L. Jackson."[4]

Eddie Cockrell of Variety wrote: "Scrub away a needlessly fussy visual style, trendy narrative tweaks and a climax both morally repugnant and logically absurd, and there's a tough little noir about buried transgressions coming out of the past in Renny Harlin's lackluster thriller “Cleaner.” Too mainstream to attract genre interest, and too tangled in its character motivations to sit well with the multiplex crowd, this is a minor stain that should fade quickly and leave only faint traces in ancillary."[5]

Home mediaEdit

Cleaner was released on May 27, 2008 in the U.S. and opened at #5 and sold 75,312 DVD units, which gathered revenue of $1.5 million. It went on to sell 402,010 DVDs which translated to revenue of $7.8 million.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Cleaner (2008) - Financial Information". The Numbers.
  2. ^ "Cleaner (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  3. ^ "Cleaner". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-05-04.
  4. ^ "Cleaner". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Cockrell, Eddie (13 September 2007). "Cleaner". Variety.

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