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The second film from writer/director James Mangold, the corruption drama Cop Land stars Sylvester Stallone as Freddy Heflin, the much-denigrated sheriff of tiny Garrison, NJ, a community which -- thanks to a technicality -- is populated almost entirely by members of the New York City Police Department. When young cop Murray "Superboy" Babitch (Michael Rapaport) becomes embroiled in a controversial shoot-out which leaves two black youths dead, he apparently commits suicide rather than face the wrath of an official investigation. In reality, however, he flees to safety back home in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mangold certainly knew what he was doing when he cast Keitel and De Niro."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Paul Tatara, CNN.com
"Top acting honors go to Ray Liotta as Gary Figgis, a cokehead cop who just might be Freddy's only friend."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A low-key tale of corrupt cops that recalls the gritty police procedurals of the 70s."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Cop Land shares its leading man's slow-wittedness, but also his likability."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Although too simplistic in its good-guys/bad-guys approach to morally and emotionally ambiguous material, Cop Land emerges as an absorbing and dramatic yarn about exposing the evil doings of some of New York's finest."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"not your traditional action flick, nor your traditional cop flick. It has elements of each, all wrapped up in a new type of story that drips in realism and gray characters."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It sizzles toward an explosive and satisfying climax in which everything -- Stallone included -- fully bursts into life."
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's an interesting parable/western and, perhaps, a start for Stallone's new career."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Mangold is something of a pseudo-Scorsese."
‑ Jack Kroll, Newsweek
"A solidly entertaining drama that stays true to the independent spirit of its filmmakers"
‑ , Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"At times, it's like three episodes of NYPD Blue jammed together and whittled down to feature length."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"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."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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