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Based on 28 Reviews
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  • 50
    John McMurtrie San Francisco Chronicle

    An unflinching look at the ravages of substance abuse, and it's also a sobering redemptive tale. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Clean, director Olivier Assayas' spellbinding study of a junkie trying to get her life in order so she can reclaim custody of her child, avoids the pitfalls, brilliantly. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    When these two powerhouse performers come together, a rather predictable tale ignites with surprising force. show more

  • 60
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Complex but cold tale. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    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. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Cheung gives a revelatory performance. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    A superb effort by a first-rank director, and manna from heaven for Cheung fans. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Emily is played by Maggie Cheung with such intense desperation that she won the best actress award at Cannes 2004. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Clean is above all a movie about making peace with uncertainty and doubt and living with the aftershocks of the choices we make. Not the easiest task, but it may be what redeems us in the end. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    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. show more

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