A hugely underrated crime drama that deserves - nay, demands - serious revaluation, with Stallone impressing in what is arguably the performance of his career.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Top acting honors go to Ray Liotta as Gary Figgis, a cokehead cop who just might be Freddy's only friend.
| Original Score: 3/4
not your traditional action flick, nor your traditional cop flick. It has elements of each, all wrapped up in a new type of story that drips in realism and gray characters.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mangold certainly knew what he was doing when he cast Keitel and De Niro.
| Original Score: B-
Cop Land shares its leading man's slow-wittedness, but also his likability.
Mangold is something of a pseudo-Scorsese.
A good effort, but the star power on show throws the proceedings off kilter somewhat, hiking up an expectation that the film ultimately cannot live up to.
| Original Score: 3/5
A low-key tale of corrupt cops that recalls the gritty police procedurals of the 70s.
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.
It sizzles toward an explosive and satisfying climax in which everything -- Stallone included -- fully bursts into life.
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.
A solidly entertaining drama that stays true to the independent spirit of its filmmakers
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.
The movie's no roller-coaster ride, but there isn't a boring moment either.
At times, it's like three episodes of NYPD Blue jammed together and whittled down to feature length.
Mangold went to so much trouble to give Stallone a good role, but he forgot to write good parts for Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Annabella Sciorra and Cathy Moriarity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The mystery suspense elements, however, grind from implausibility (the set-up), to cliché (the climax), with too much back story in between.
It's an interesting parable/western and, perhaps, a start for Stallone's new career.
| Original Score: B
In the early '70s, people made movies like Cop Land all the time; Stallone is a reason they don't make them so often anymore. Maybethis is his way of making it up to us.
Rocky Balboa meets Donnie Brasco.