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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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Netflix Rating: 3.5
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 71%
Critics' score: 71   Audience score: 57   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Mangold certainly knew what he was doing when he cast Keitel and De Niro. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Cop Land shares its leading man's slow-wittedness, but also his likability. full review

Mangold is something of a pseudo-Scorsese. full review

Jack Kroll, Newsweek

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. full review

Paul Tatara, CNN.com

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. full review

Todd McCarthy, Variety

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. full review

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

The movie's no roller-coaster ride, but there isn't a boring moment either. full review

Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader

This is a good filmthat could have been great if not for an act of well-intentioned, but misguided casting. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

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. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

A compelling, if imperfect, motion picture. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

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. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Whatever its limitations, Cop Land has talent to burn. full review

Janet Maslin, New York Times

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. full review

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

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. full review

Rita Kempley, Washington Post
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