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  • Summary: Sylvester Stallone stars as Freddy Heflin, the sheriff of a place everyone calls "Cop Land" -- a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he's long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town's peaceful facade. And when Freddy uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy among these local residents, he is forced to take action -- and make a dangerous choice between protecting his idols and upholding the law. (Buena Vista Entertainment) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  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. 80
    Cop Land emerges as a first-rate morality play in the form of an effective, if occasionally unwieldy, crime drama.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    Writer-director James Mangold has surrounded Stallone with an exceptional ensemble cast, and Sly is smart enough to let the actors do the acting.
  6. Unfortunately, while Stallone can carry the weight, the movie can't. Too much of it is too busy -- too many undeveloped subplots -- and some of the main plotting feels murky.
  7. 30
    It's a shame when an actor like Sylvester Stallone, who's always at his most appealing when he just hunkers down and lets himself be a big galoot, feels he has to make a bid for respectability.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. DianeS.
    Apr 14, 2007
    I just discovered this amazing film. What a gathering of eagles. I think this is a masterpiece, and an accomplishment that all the artists in it can be proud of. It is a landmark in American film making, deepening our integrity and awakening our responsibility. Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2012
    Whoever says Stallone cant act is full of it.Hes proven time and again and in this one he hangs with the big dogs like Deniro and Harvey Kietel.A Amazing Movie! Expand
  3. MichaelK.
    Mar 25, 2008
    The movie introduced cop and crook life in a conservative style and flaw´d only very little on the way. A decent 9/10.
  4. Sep 16, 2013
    A brilliant cast and an sharp, literate script make this one of the more overlooked films of the 90's. Stallone's morose and overweight small-town sheriff is a clever and well executed casting choice and he serves the film well by doing much with his body language and letting the other actors do the more fiery displays of cop-on-the-edge theatrics. Ray Liotta gets a part worthy of his brand of intensity and the mash up of High Noon meets Goodfellas is very effective. Too many story arcs spoil the cleanliness of the narrative for many but repeated viewings (of the directors cut preferably which has a valuable 12 extra minutes) show that most of it works itself out. The finale is exceptional in how it allows Stallone to be heroic but in a tired, bloody and almost defeated fashion. Being the hero probably isn't that fun sometimes and he realizes that. Expand
  5. Mar 25, 2013
    A slow and rather realistic police drama with great performances from Keitel, Stallone, Liotta, De Niro. Recommended.
  6. Aug 1, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Cop Land presents us with an interesting premise - in a town just across the river from Manhattan, a closely-knit group of NYPD detectives have founded a town built as a mostly crime-free haven for their families. Behind the calm appearance of the town, however, is a deep web of corruption. When hero cop "Superboy" accidentally guns down two black teenagers, he is whisked away under the illusion of a suicide, and the rest of the films follows the attempts of an IA detective (De Niro) to uncover the conspiracy.
    The town's Sherrif, played by Stallone, pulls no real weight and is well past his prime, but he is effectively the only man who can blow the whistle on the operation. Stallone gives a very toned-down performance, much less narcissistic and self-indulgent than many of his previous roles. Keitel, De Niro and especially Liotta are all great, as are the rest of the supporting cast, making the most of the inconsistent dialogue. The narrative plays out in a very real and human way, with little over-dramatization or mindless action sequences, which I thought definitely added to the film. There's a huge amount of characters and subplots, and because of this many were quite undeveloped and I was left with some unanswered questions that I felt could easily have been answered. The final shootout seems lazily shot and edited, giving what I thought was a somewhat underwhelming finish to what was a huge buildup. Aside from these flaws however, Cop Land was a very entertaining film, and while it didn't blow me away it certainly outdid my expectations.
  7. May 25, 2014
    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 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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