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Clean

(2006)
R In Theaters 04/28/2006 , 111min.
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Critic score based on 28 reviews

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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. Full Review
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
Clean is one of those movies that's slightly off the mark in ways that are hard to put a finger on, but it is shot so soulfully and features such beautiful performances that it's easy to forgive the occasional false note. Full Review
David Rooney
Variety
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. Full Review
John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
An unflinching look at the ravages of substance abuse, and it's also a sobering redemptive tale. Full Review
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Not your average divorce gift: Clean's writer-director Olivier Assayas created the role of recovering rock-world druggie Emily Wang for his ex-wife, art-house/action-pic royalty Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love). Full Review

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