Cop Land

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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 aSylvester 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) Expand

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Score distribution:
  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
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    60
    An honourable attempt to return the mainstream thriller to a more serious, intelligent vein, yet ultimately lacks the complexity of characterisation, dense subterfuge and overall feeling of weightiness that separates the great from the good.
  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: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 29, 2012
    10
    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 HarveyWhoever 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
  2. DianeS.
    Apr 14, 2007
    10
    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 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
  3. Sep 16, 2013
    9
    A brilliant cast and an sharp, literate script make this one of the more overlooked films of the 90's. Stallone's morose and overweightA 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
  4. Mar 25, 2013
    8
    A slow and rather realistic police drama with great performances from Keitel, Stallone, Liotta, De Niro. Recommended.
  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. May 6, 2016
    5
    Cop Land is an interesting little flick from director James Mangold. Focusing on the criminal element within a cop safe haven in New Jersey,Cop Land is an interesting little flick from director James Mangold. Focusing on the criminal element within a cop safe haven in New Jersey, the major problem facing Cop Land deals with its plot. Far too typical, it feels like a cop procedural at times and, even worse, it is incredibly meandering in the middle with pointless subplots. That said, it is still a very entertaining film with a great performance from Sylvester Stallone, as well as from the rest of the cast. The narration is unnecessary and the neat/tidy ending is beyond off-putting. However, the acting is superb here and this is the film's major plus side. That aside though, things fall apart quite frequently here and Mangold is oh too willing to tell a typical cop story that would be fitting as an episode of NYPD Blue or one of the many other cop shows out there. That said, Cop Land is not expressly bad and is an entertaining little film that has something to say about cops being above the law. The entertainment value and acting save Cop Land from being a disaster. Expand

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