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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Branching out in a bold new direction, Stallone is quietly devastating. James Mangold has directed Cop Land from his own ardent, audacious script, and despite some draggy, overdeliberate moments, it's the strongest piece of material to come Stallone's way since he invented himself as Rocky 21 years ago. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Cop Land isn't a perfect piece, but it's sober, wise and adult. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    James Mangold follows up the promise of his excellent "Heavy" with this smartly written, superbly acted melodrama. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    While this is probably the actor's best turn since Rocky, and he does a credible job that may earn him the opportunity to do more "serious" work in the future, Stallone's performance is outshone on all sides. That's not a knock against him; it's an acknowledgment that the supporting cast is about the best that it can be. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A good film prevented from being a great film by an act of well-intentioned but misguided casting. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The characters are all over the map, there are too many unclear story threads, our sympathies are confused, and there's an unconvincing showdown in which the story's lovingly developed ambiguities are lost. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Cop Land presents a fairly involved plot, and Mangold is not equipped to do more than blurt all the information onto the screen and let the nuances settle where they may. show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    Writer-director James Mangold has surrounded Stallone with an exceptional ensemble cast, and Sly is smart enough to let the actors do the acting. show more

  • 60
    Empire

    An honourable attempt to return the mainstream thriller to a more serious, intelligent vein, yet ultimately lacks the complexity of characterisation, dense subterfuge and overall feeling of weightiness that separates the great from the good. show more

  • 89
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Casting is everything, and the casting of Stallone -- playing way against type -- as the powerless hayseed sheriff in Cop Land is nothing short of inspired. show more

  • April 25, 2014 cmfrtblebbw
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    This is SO not my kind of movie, but, since the violence was not gratuitous, and the characters not completely typical - this story of ethics, pride and redemption was so good, I put down my knitting to pay attention! Great cast, sort of like a man soap opera, WORTH THE TIME! :)

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