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Cop Land

When a local patrolman is implicated in a controversial shooting in a small New Jersey town, put-upon sheriff Freddy Heflin teams up with Lt. Moe Tilden (Robert De Niro) to investigate a connection between the mob and the NYPD officers who live in the town. Sylvester Stallone delivers an effective dramatic performance in this arresting crime thriller as Freddy. Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta also star.
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Mangold certainly knew what he was doing when he cast Keitel and De Niro.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
Cop Land shares its leading man's slow-wittedness, but also his likability.
 
Mangold is something of a pseudo-Scorsese.
Jack Kroll, Newsweek  full review
 
It's pretty funny, actually, that Stallone gained 40 pounds to play this role, and what the movie needs more than anything else is to eat a salad and do some sit-ups.
Paul Tatara, CNN.com  full review
 
Although too simplistic in its good-guys/bad-guys approach to morally and emotionally ambiguous material, Cop Land emerges as an absorbing and dramatic yarn about exposing the evil doings of some of New York's finest.
Todd McCarthy, Variety  full review
 
A solidly entertaining drama that stays true to the independent spirit of its filmmakers
Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood Reporter
 
At its heart, the movie has a good story to tell: the lumbering oaf who's not nearly as stupid and not nearly as gutless as all the hot dogs from the big city think.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post  full review
 
The movie's no roller-coaster ride, but there isn't a boring moment either.
Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader  full review
 
This is a good filmthat could have been great if not for an act of well-intentioned, but misguided casting.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
Nearly down for the count in the movie ring, Stallone isn't just back in the fight. He's a winner.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
 
Though at first Cop Land seems as if it will be an ensemble piece, it is, in fact, Stallone's movie.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
A compelling, if imperfect, motion picture.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
The film is probably best taken as an ultimately slight but still compelling Eastern that plays like a vintage Western about personal redemption.
USA Today, USA Today
 
A movie with such a promising concept, so poorly executed, that it begs to be remade.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
Whatever its limitations, Cop Land has talent to burn.
Janet Maslin, New York Times  full review
 
Oh, the tyranny of being serious about your art: 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.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com  full review
 
Written and directed by James Mangold, the drama is dense but misses the moral complexities and grit, not to mention the oomph, of its urban predecessors.
Rita Kempley, Washington Post  full review
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