Cop (1988)

A workaholic detective (James Woods) is relentless in tracking down a serial killer responsible for the murder of introverted women. Luckily, he has the help of his mentor in the department (Charles Durning). The film is based on the novel… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A modestly executed, off-target police drama giving actor James Woods another outlet for his compellingly schizophrenic persona.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Woods was born to play this role.

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Clint Morris

Another tour-de-force for James Woods

Time Out

Slickly made, violent, and (intentionally and unintentionally) funny.

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TV Guide

Woods takes us on a singularly unpleasant ride, but it is always an insightful and fascinating one.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This violent drama will do little to improve the public's understanding of the men in blue.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Far and away the best thing about it is Mr. Woods, who served as co-producer and demonstrates a clear understanding of what makes great movie detectives great.

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A lurid police procedural with James Woods at his manic best.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Cop might have worked better if it had been a 20 minute movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
David Ladd
To start out here I will have to say that this may just be the best adaptation of a James Ellroy book to hit the screen. Cop is not a dense, labyrinthine crime… More
A.D. Villarreal
The good news is this is James Woods at his cynical best delivering some great lines. The bad news is the murder-mystery story is jumbled, confusing and will… More
xGary Xx
James Woods plays an unconventional cop on the trail of a serial killer in this purely by the numbers thriller from the 80s. In fact the script shows just as… More