Cop Land

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Everywhere the camera turns in this tense and volatile drama, it finds enough interest for a truckload of conventional Hollywood fare. Whatever its limitations, Cop Land has talent to burn.
  2. 89
    Casting is everything, and the casting of Stallone -- playing way against type -- as the powerless hayseed sheriff in Cop Land is nothing short of inspired.
  3. 80
    Cop Land emerges as a first-rate morality play in the form of an effective, if occasionally unwieldy, crime drama.
  4. 80
    The movie's no roller-coaster ride, but there isn't a boring moment either.
  5. 75
    While this is probably the actor's best turn since Rocky, and he does a credible job that may earn him the opportunity to do more "serious" work in the future, Stallone's performance is outshone on all sides. That's not a knock against him; it's an acknowledgment that the supporting cast is about the best that it can be.
  6. 75
    Branching out in a bold new direction, Stallone is quietly devastating. James Mangold has directed Cop Land from his own ardent, audacious script, and despite some draggy, overdeliberate moments, it's the strongest piece of material to come Stallone's way since he invented himself as Rocky 21 years ago.
  7. Cop Land isn't a perfect piece, but it's sober, wise and adult.
  8. A good film prevented from being a great film by an act of well-intentioned but misguided casting.
  9. James Mangold follows up the promise of his excellent "Heavy" with this smartly written, superbly acted melodrama.
  10. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    It's formulaic, but it sticks to a classic Western formula instead of a cartoonish blockbuster one.
  11. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The increasingly broad strokes with which the story is painted serve to simplify rather than deepen it, and to make it seem more artificially constructed than need be.
  12. Dense, meandering, ambitious yet jarringly pulpy, this tale of big-city corruption in small-town America has competence without mood or power -- a design but not a vision.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jan 20, 2016
    8
    Aside from the mostly incredible cast, this movie is excellent on its own merit. Its a slow moving story about corruption, in this case,Aside from the mostly incredible cast, this movie is excellent on its own merit. Its a slow moving story about corruption, in this case, within the police force in New York and how one good cop influenced others who were morally struggling with the activities they saw happening around them. It also plays on how good intentions can sometimes lead to complacency even in light of wrong doing. The movie spends most of its time on characterization which makes the transition believable by the end. There are some holes in the movie which stop me from rating it higher such as the handling of the cop in hiding by both sides... i mean... why would you lock him up in such an obvious place and leave him alone when you know every cop is after him? Why did the corrupt cops not handcuff their enemies when they had the chance? Stuff like that. But again, this movie is less about the plot than it is about the characters and their internal struggles so the plot holes do not detract from the movie very much.

    Overall an enjoyable movie and a great acting job from many very famous actors.
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  2. May 25, 2014
    7
    Cop Land is actually a pretty good cop movie i never knew about it which it crazy because it has a lot of big name actors in it like SylvesterCop Land is actually a pretty good cop movie i never knew about it which it crazy because it has a lot of big name actors in it like Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Harvey Keitel, Robert Patrick, Michael Rapaport. But seeing that James Mangold directed it and i like most his other movies i thought id give it a try and it didnt disappoint. The movie follows Freddy Heflin (Stallone) as head sheriff in the small town of Garrison, New Jersey. the town is home to a bunch of corrupted cops form the New York Police department and as the corruption gets worse Freddy Heflin can no longer stay by and he steps in to end it and in doing opens up a massive cover-up within the NYPD.

    Overall i give it a 7.0 id definitely recommend this and ill even call it underrated.
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  3. Feb 16, 2014
    7
    Very solid film. It shouldn't take a film genius to recognize the awesome ensemble cast, and for those wondering if Sylvester StalloneVery solid film. It shouldn't take a film genius to recognize the awesome ensemble cast, and for those wondering if Sylvester Stallone actually does have chops behind that beaten face of his - it is more than worthwhile checking this film out. He gives quite a captivating and sympathetic performance, and undoubtedly helps carry along the sound albeit somewhat predictable and straightforward plot.
    The rest of the cast - featuring no less than De Niro, Liotta and Keitel among others - only add value to the film.
    Overall, it is an entertaining and surprisingly intelligent film that left me quite satisfied. If anything, it's only real detriment is a shortage of particularly 'stand-out' moments (the sweet cast occasionally feels underused). Still very much worth it, though.
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