Cop Car

2015, Mystery & thriller, 1h 28m

89 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Two mischievous boys (James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford) stumble upon a seemingly abandoned police cruiser and steal it, unaware that its murderous owner (Kevin Bacon) has stashed a hostage in the trunk.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Bacon
Sheriff Kretzer
Sean Hartley
Motorcycle Cop
Jon Watts
Director
Jon Watts
Screenwriter
Jon Watts
Producer
Walter Kortschak
Executive Producer
Lance Acord
Executive Producer
Jackie Kelman Bisbee
Executive Producer
Frank Brenner
Executive Producer
Bill Perry
Executive Producer
Tom Valerio
Executive Producer
Kevin Bacon
Executive Producer
Matthew J. Lloyd
Cinematographer
Larkin Seiple
Cinematographer
Megan Brooks
Film Editor
Andrew Hasse
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Phil Mossman
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Critic Reviews for Cop Car

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (17)

  • [Cop Car] doesn't offer much in the way of substantial character development, but that's not a deterrent when the fun twists keep coming.

    September 13, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Watts walks us innocents out into the landscape where Hollywood has made its greatest myths and then removes the blindfold.

    August 28, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Anchored by solid performances and a taut script, Cop Car is a tension-filled thrill ride.

    August 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite the occasional pothole, Cop Car is an arresting ride.

    August 27, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [Cop Car features] the most evil monologue of the year. Perfectly, horribly, fantastically chilling.

    August 13, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • "Cop Car" has two kids at its center, but don't mistake this taut, wicked little thriller for a children's film.

    August 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Cop Car] doesn't offer much in the way of substantial character development, but that's not a deterrent when the fun twists keep coming.

    September 13, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Watts walks us innocents out into the landscape where Hollywood has made its greatest myths and then removes the blindfold.

    August 28, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Anchored by solid performances and a taut script, Cop Car is a tension-filled thrill ride.

    August 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite the occasional pothole, Cop Car is an arresting ride.

    August 27, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Begins as a joyride becomes anything but joyful, and while the story is bleak, it is a bleakly beautiful coming of age story that packs a punch.

    February 3, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It may be a tad bit thin, coming in at a brisk 86 minute run time, but Cop Car is a thrilling film that I can't stop talking about.

    January 31, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | 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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