Cop Car

Critics Consensus

Cop Car boasts a terrific premise and a grimly gripping opening act -- and for some viewers, that will be enough to compensate for the movie's uneven denouement.

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Kevin Bacon (The Following, HBO's Taking Chance, Mystic River) stars in director Jon Watts' delightful throwback thriller Cop Car. When two good-natured but rebellious young boys (James Freedson-Jackson and Hays Wellford) stumble across an abandoned cop car hidden in a secluded glade they decide to take it for a quick joyride. Their bad decision unleashes the ire of the county sheriff (Kevin Bacon) and leads to brutal consequences. (C) Focus World

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Critic Reviews for Cop Car

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (17)

  • The good thing about the movie is that, with its eighty minutes, it is concise and clear as it develops practically in real time, which almost eliminates unnecessary pauses for exposure. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 15, 2019 | Full Review…

    Jorge Loser

    Espinof
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  • This is a superb piece of film-making: tightly edited, fast-paced and incredibly entertaining.

    July 2, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • Watching Cop Car is a piece of cake (that is if you aren't cursed with a weak stomach). It's a taut, propulsive midnight flick that puts its characters through the ringer without getting a speck of dirt on the audience's hands.

    March 7, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • With its limited budget, seen in its rural-set locations and single-day narrative, director Jon Watts manages to produce something small and wonderful.

    November 9, 2018 | Full Review…

    Morgan Rojas

    Cinemacy
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  • Infused with a youthful energy and a Coen Brothers-esque wit.

    November 2, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • Showing as part of the American Dreams strand, Jon Watts's thriller shows how a little imagination can go a long way in compensating for a small budget, with twist piled upon swerve upon handbrake turn.

    August 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cop Car

  • May 01, 2016
    Cop Car is a film that takes full advantage of the simplicity of its plot. Genuinely entertaining from start to finish.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2016
    Lacks a resolution, but it's still a decent thriller.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2016
    Dark humor mixed with terse and gripping thrill, I thought I was watching a Coen Brothers film.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2015
    With simple storytelling and smart direction, Cop Car is the rare thriller that actually had me on the edge of my seat. Recommended.
    Joshua H Super Reviewer

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