Cop Land Reviews

April 9, 2008
Mangold is something of a pseudo-Scorsese.
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.
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.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
The mystery suspense elements, however, grind from implausibility (the set-up), to clich (the climax), with too much back story in between.
May 22, 2003
No drama, suspense or excitement in this dud.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
A movie with such a promising concept, so poorly executed, that it begs to be remade.
January 1, 2000
This overstuffed and shallow film does not come close to meeting any epic aspirations.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
A tip of the hat to the good intentions; it coulda been a contender.
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.
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.
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.