Sylvester Stallone puts his acting chops on display here and does a pretty good job. Playing a patsy New Jersey sheriff and New York cop wannabe, Stallone used the stillness and passivity that marked much of his acting in the Rambo and Rocky series (when he wasn't tearing people's heads off, that is) and put on about 40 pounds to show just how serious he was. As for the story, Cop Land plays like High Noon with a New Jersey accent: it takes way too long to reach its shoot-'em-up finish. It's a lean film, with uniformly fine performances from Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Annabella Sciorra, Ray Liotta, and Michael Rapaport, among others, but ultimately it's not very interesting.
by Nick Sambides, Jr. review