Clean and Sober
Clean and Sober (1988)

The directorial debut of Glenn Gordon Caron, the creator of the television series Moonlighting (1985-89), this intense, gritty drama was received as one of the best-ever cinematic treatments of substance abuse. Michael Keaton stars as Daryl… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 10, 1988
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the strengths Michael Keaton brings to Clean and Sober is his wild, tumultuous energy, which makes his character seem less like a victim than like an accident causing itself to happen.

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Dennis Schwartz
Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

An intense drama about substance abuse that turns out all too predictable, but is nevertheless powerful.

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Scott Weinberg

Keaton's performance (just barely) lifts the movie from its formula stupor.

Eve Tushnet

Sentimental ending; too much sentiment in general...

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality & Practice

The film journey into the heart of darkness is tourist class all the way.

Richard Freedman
Newhouse News Service

Not the least extraordinary thing about Clean and Sober is that it stars popular frenetic comedian Michael Keaton, and it's not only by far the best performance of his career, but will surely be on voters' minds when Oscar time next rolls around.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

It would take at least 6 stiff drinks to make this film entertaining.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
At first I thought this movie was going to be another boring drama. I was wrong. This was a good movie. You can't say that Keaton doesn't have… More
Barry Lappin
Brilliant and sobering film.
Joseph Eastmond
Great acting couldn't make me enjoy any more than I did.
Lee Kyle
I think i have mentioned this in another review at some point that I love when comedic actors change it up for a movie or two and show off their serious side… More