Kindergarten Cop
Kindergarten Cop (1990)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 21, 1990
DVD Release Date: January 20, 1998
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

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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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Joe Brown
Washington Post

[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.

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Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

The Terminator meets Mother Goose.

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Caryn James
New York Times

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

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Fell in love with Penelope Ann Miller on this movie. One of Arnolds best comedy movies.
Michael Edwards
One of Arnolds funniest films of all time
Graham Jones
Do I dare to say, Schwarzenegger's best acting work.
Aj V
Just one in a long line of movies where big tough guys are put into the situation of having to look after a group of kids. I kinda liked it anyway, being a fan… More
Edward Boxler
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… More
Chris Weber
Say what you want, but I like this movie. It's an odd move for Arnold, but it's well done. I like how this is actually a dark and edgy movie, despite… More