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Kindergarten Cop (1990)

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38

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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51

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Average Rating: 3/5
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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

Jan 20, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (17) | DVD (3)

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

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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In Kindergarten Cop, he plays off the Schwarzenegger image more gleefully and successfully than ever before.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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[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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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[Schwarzenneger's] transformation in to kids film star is nearly seamless, as he's able to connect with his primarily younger cast surprisingly well, and garners a strong chemistry with just about everyone in the film.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The Terminator meets Mother Goose.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Actually fairly entertaining, buoyed by Schwarzenegger's self-deprecating charm and easy chemistry with his capable costar, Pamela Reed, and the hammiest bunch of tykes ever assembled for a movie.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

With a heart of purest mush, Kindergarten Cop still manages to be generally entertaining.

September 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Surrounding Arnold with the giddy kiddies is a shameless, gimmicky stunt. But what the heck...Reitman's actioner still works as a zesty vehicle for The Muscled One.

January 20, 2006
Movie Eye

Ahnold's best foray into comedy territory ... for whatever that's worth.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Ah-nold and an adorable ferret... a daffy but dandy duo.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

Kid-friendly violence -- what a concept.

December 8, 2004

Holds up surprisingly well

March 6, 2004

Watching the kids subdue Ah-Nuld is funny, but much of the film is wildly inconsistent.

April 18, 2003
Nitrate Online

A nice, funny, lightweight, non-filling, entertaining film, perfect for the holiday season.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It's not a tumor--it's nice Ah-nold.

February 19, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Arnold tries to be funny, but throws punches better than delivering punch lines.

January 19, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Say it with me, now: "Isss naht a tumoh!" You know you love it.

October 24, 2002 | Comments (235)
New Times

Fans of Schwarzenegger's more violent pictures will probably be put off by the film's inherent case of the 'cutes.' Parents will no doubt be very put off by the violence and dark themes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for Kindergarten Cop

Do I dare to say, Schwarzenegger's best acting work.
November 20, 2011
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!"
7. "THERE IS NO BATHROOM!"
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.
July 4, 2011
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

One of Arnolds funniest films of all time
June 6, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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    1. John Kimble: I'm a cop you idiot! I'm detective John Kimble!
    – Submitted by Rosemary K (13 months ago)
    1. John Kimble: Who is your daddy and what does he do?
    – Submitted by Jesse K (17 months ago)
    1. John Kimble: Thanks for the tip.
    – Submitted by Thomas R (17 months ago)
    1. John Kimble: I'm going to ask a bunch of questions and I want to have them answered immediately.
    – Submitted by Thomas R (17 months ago)
    1. Miss Schlowski: Two more days of this, and he'll quit!
    – Submitted by The Slightly Agitated F (19 months ago)
    1. John Kimble: [sees a fat kid eating everyone's lunches] Are these all your lunches?
    2. John Kimble: [picks him up] You mean you eat other people's lunches? STOP IT!
    – Submitted by Zach W (20 months ago)
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