J.R. Taylor
February 02, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The first 12 minutes of Clean, Shaven are full of radio static and bereft of dialogue, so it’s small wonder that the film was relegated to the art houses. But Greene’s performance is the stuff of mainstream horror legend, with the actor embracing all the grotesqueries of a schizophrenic fresh out of the asylum. This tale of a man searching for his estranged wife and daughter while a detective tracks him as the lead suspect in a series of child murders manages to be both absorbing and impenetrable. Any film this ambiguous should probably offer a bigger payoff, but Greene’s painfully shattered presence and the film’s creepy pace should keep most viewers too involved to notice.

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