Cleanflix (film)

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Directed by
Produced by
  • Amber Bollinge
  • Andrew James
  • Joshua Ligairi
Written by
  • Andrew James
  • Joshua Ligairi
Music byChris Ohran
  • Andrew James
  • Joshua Ligairi
Edited by
  • Andrew James
  • Joshua Ligairi
  • Clean Cut Productions
  • Beachfire Pictures
  • Icarus Arts & Entertainment
  • Connell Creations
Distributed by
Release date
  • 11 September 2009 (2009-September-11) (TIFF 2009)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

Cleanflix is a 2009 documentary about CleanFlicks and the re-edited video stores and the film sanitization industry, particularly in Utah. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, and was given a limited theatrical run in September of 2010. In 2012, it was given a DVD release.

Themes and discussion[edit]

The film mainly talks about CleanFlicks, the re-edited DVD business, how it was started, the Mormons moral beliefs on the editing of Hollywood movies, filmmakers' stances on the idea of re-edited films, and the lawsuits between CleanFlicks and the Directors Guild of America. It also shows some of the video stores in Utah Valley that sold them and the business owners. It also covers the sexual misconduct of edited video store owner, Daniel Thompson.


The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 71% approval rating with an average rating of 6.25/10 based on 7 reviews.[1]

Joe Leydon of Variety said, "Pic is undeniably amusing when focused on extreme measures by self-appointed censors, but there's only a token effort made to seriously examine central questions."[2] Joe Williams of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch stated, "...even those who agree with its conclusions might wonder what's been edited out."[3] Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm gave the film 7.5/10 stars, and called it, "the most interesting topical documentary about movies since This [Film] Is Not Yet Rated," but criticized the shift in focus on Danny Thompson during the film.[4] Noel Murray of The A.V. Club gave the film a rating of B, praising the showcase of Daniel Thompson's story and criticizing the repetitiveness of the central subject.[5] Cynthia Fuchs of PopMatters gave the film 7/10 stars, and stated, "[It] doesn't pretend to resolve the many questions it asks. Instead, [it] focuses on a particular, especially fervid period for the clean movement."[6] Merrick of Ain't It Cool News claimed, "I doubt edited-video supporters will really enjoy the film, but the rest of us should have a pretty darn good time."[7] called the film, "...a terrific tale..."[8] The Orlando Sentinel gave the film 3/4 stars and said, "...these 'censorship' issues are still with us and as [it] points out, both sides have a point."[9] Greig Dymond of CBC News called the film, "compelling," and said, "that [the film] deserves to find an audience beyond the festival circuit."[10]


  1. ^ "Cleanflix (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Leydon, Joe (September 28, 2009). "Cleanflix". Variety. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Williams, Joe (August 27, 2010). "Documentary about sanitizing movies is missing frames". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Sciretta, Peter (September 19, 2009). "TIFF Movie Review: CleanFlix". SlashFilm. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Murray, Noel; Tobias, Scott (September 13, 2009). "Toronto Film Festival '09: Day 3". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  6. ^ Fuchs, Cynthia (April 26, 2010). "Cleanflix". PopMatters. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Merrick (September 14, 2009). "CARTUNA REPORTING - TIFF DAY FOUR (Part One) - DAYBREAKERS, CLEANFLIX, UNDER THE MOUNTAIN, MALL GIRLS, And More!!". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Cinequest 2010 Movie Guide". February 24, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "FFF Movie Review: Cleanflix". Orlando Sentinel. April 2, 2010. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  10. ^ Dymond, Greig (September 18, 2009). "Cleanflix: One way to sanitize Hollywood movies". CBC News. Archived from the original on October 5, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2019.