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231 Ratings

Cop Car

Directed by Jon Watts
United States, 2015


A small town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.

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  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film Cop Car

    Cop Car eschews exposition, backstory, and resolution, making it a non-complicated, easy-going time. Some benefits are Bacon's performance, as he portrays his corrupt character with sinister charm, and the naivety of the kids provides comedy relief. Yet, the climax feels generic, and the story lacks examination/analysis on its potential themes of corruption of innocence, making it much too shallow for its plot-line.

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Cop Car

    Kevin Bacon was mesmerizing to watch, in no small part due to the lack of dialogue. The slow and soft storytelling was engaging, but a major detraction for me was the characterization of the kids. Their naivety is taken to such an extreme that it inhibited my suspension of disbelief. Nonetheless, director and co-writer Jon Watts is now on my radar.

  • filmcapsule's rating of the film Cop Car

    A satisfying and successful independent genre film, Cop Car moves with precision and focus. Aided by a fun score by Phil Mossman, Cop Car's best trick is reaching a tricky tonal balance between danger and excitement on the one hand, and childlike innocence and a light touch of humor on the other.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Cop Car

    A good (recent) example of a film where the premise, cast of talent, and overall production quality is far better than the way it all works together. Disappointing, to say the least. The soft and slow pace contributed to a good built of tension in the first act, but the arse falls out of her by the time the final act rolls around.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Cop Car

    Taut and stylish minimalist filmmaking; part-thriller, part-coming-of-age, part-neo-Western, and even detabably a road movie with no clear direction. Includes one of the most troubling, but intense monologues of recent memory, which takes place between a man and the two boys. The rest is here to enjoy and commend.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Cop Car

    Lean and mean thriller that is a little shy on plot or true suspense but compensates with good production values and a good turn by Kevin Bacon. Perhaps with stronger scripting this could have amounted to more than a passable time filler.

  • Jason's rating of the film Cop Car

    A fun ride. You presumably aren't asking much of it. It certainly isn't asking much of you. There really aren't a lot of elements here. It's a nut-and-bolts genre operation. They don't exactly make 'em like this anymore, and the movie will doubtlessly appeal to those who wish they still did. Kevin Bacon is kind of bananas, but if you watch him carefully, there is actually some serious restraint going on. Too much?

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Cop Car

    The tensest moments were designed when the kids play with the guns, putting us in an incessant state of alert. As for the rest, “Cop Car” brings nothing new, consisting in a mediocre course of events that keeps oscillating between favorable and fatal. (2.5 stars)

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