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Kindergarten Cop Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

[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.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

March 21, 2014
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

The Terminator meets Mother Goose.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2007
Variety Staff
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A mish-mash of violence, psycho-drama and lukewarm kiddie comedy.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 26, 2007
Kim Voynar
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 26, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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.

| Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2006
Scott Weinberg

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

| Original Score: 4/5

April 3, 2005
Staci Layne Wilson

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

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January 2, 2005
Michael H. Price
Fort Worth Business Press

Kid-friendly violence -- what a concept.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 8, 2004

Holds up surprisingly well

| Original Score: 3/5

March 6, 2004
Caryn James
New York Times
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In Kindergarten Cop, he plays off the Schwarzenegger image more gleefully and successfully than ever before.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 20, 2003
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

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

| Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2003
Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

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

| Original Score: 2/5

February 19, 2003
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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

| Original Score: 2/5

January 19, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

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

| Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2002
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Joe Brown
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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
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