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Cop Land Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A movie with such a promising concept, so poorly executed, that it begs to be remade.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
The movie was (rightly) ignored by audiences and shrugged off by critics, thanks to an almost complete lack of anything so much as resembling a compelling story.
| Original Score: 2/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
No drama, suspense or excitement in this dud.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
A crisp and exciting police operation at the start of the movie and an equally exciting shootout at the end suggest that writer/director James Mangold has a nice touch with action. But Mangold's heart is in pregnant pauses and meaningful stares.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
July 9, 2001
There is nothing wrong with Stallone's performance, or anyone's - all the big names in this movie were working hard to make sense out of a painfully empty, stupid script.
Full Review| Original Score: 2
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
Stallone's much ballyhooed performance is adequate for what he is. So he decided to drink a bunch of milkshakes and get fat--so what? Millions of Americans do that daily.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
With a more lively production, the holes in the story could have been ignored, but the cost of the director's slow gate is that the audience has more time to dwell on the film's improbabilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
Cop Land is a movie that seems to have either too many subplots or not enough editing. It is either way too long or too short, depending on what it was meant to be in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephanie Zacharek
January 1, 2000
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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A tip of the hat to the good intentions; it coulda been a contender.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
This overstuffed and shallow film does not come close to meeting any epic aspirations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Paul Tatara
April 9, 2008
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.
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
April 9, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jack Kroll
April 9, 2008
Mangold is something of a pseudo-Scorsese.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The mystery suspense elements, however, grind from implausibility (the set-up), to cliché (the climax), with too much back story in between.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
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.
| Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A compelling, if imperfect, motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Stallone finds a good niche in this ensemble cop drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
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