75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Cop Land isn't a perfect piece, but it's sober, wise and adult.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
James Mangold follows up the promise of his excellent "Heavy" with this smartly written, superbly acted melodrama.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
A good film prevented from being a great film by an act of well-intentioned but misguided casting.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Dense, meandering, ambitious yet jarringly pulpy, this tale of big-city corruption in small-town America has competence without mood or power -- a design but not a vision.
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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.
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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.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
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.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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64 out of 100
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