Kindergarten Cop (1990)



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Arnold Schwarzenegger sheds his action image in Ivan Reitman's police comedy Kindergarten Cop, where he plays an undercover cop teaching a class of hyperactive six-year-olds. As the film begins, John Kimble (Schwarzenegger) and his partner Phoebe O'Hara (Pamela Reed) are in pursuit of notorious drug dealer Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson) and his scabrous mother Eleanor (Carroll Baker). John learns Cullen is searching for his ex-wife and his little boy, and Kimble plans to nail them when they find … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Murray Salem, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 20, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


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as Asst. to Salazar

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Critic Reviews for Kindergarten Cop

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8)

A mish-mash of violence, psycho-drama and lukewarm kiddie comedy.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
Top Critic

If Reitman's film gets closer than most to covering the bases, there remain huge gaps in plausibility and a romantic subplot any ten-year-old could tell you is just plain icky.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

In Kindergarten Cop, he plays off the Schwarzenegger image more gleefully and successfully than ever before.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

[Director Reitman's] got a way with kids, and found a remarkable ensemble of 30 antic urchins to work with, cashing in on kindergarten's comic terrain and the blurted brutal honesty of the kids.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

hough Schwarzenegger remains to acting what ham hocks are to a cheese course, he manages against all odds to be appealing as the Austrian au pair. Think of it as To Conan With Love.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Kindergarten Cop is made up out of parts that shouldn't fit, but somehow they do, making a slick entertainment out of the improbable, the impossible, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kindergarten Cop

Fell in love with Penelope Ann Miller on this movie. One of Arnolds best comedy movies.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Do I dare to say, Schwarzenegger's best acting work.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


Ten reasons why I love Kindergarten Cop:
1. The way this movie introduces John Kimble is one of the best Arnold introductions ever!
2. Thug: "Who are you?" Arnold: "I'm the party pooper." *shotgun blast*
3. "It's not a tumor!"
4. "We're going to play a game. It's called 'Who Is Your Daddy, And What Does He Do?"
5. "Shuuuuuut uuuuuuuuuppp!"
6. "Take the toy back to the carpet. Take it back!"
8. "My name is John Kimble. And I like my car." *cocks shotgun*
9. Penelope Ann Miller is gorgeous and oddly enough, she shares great chemistry with Arnold.
10. This is just a nice, sweet movie with a lot of heart....and Arnold kicking ass. I don't see what's not to like.
I have a soft spot for Arnold movies. I admit it. I love them, despite how bad they are. I'm impervious to that reality. In other words, you could give me one hundred reasons why he's the worst actor in the world and why Kindergarten Cop sucks, and it won't change my mind one bit. Nobody entertains me the way Arnold does.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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