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  • Summary: An undercover cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to catch a dangerous criminal. Once he wrangles his young charges, as well as the affections of a beautiful teacher, he prepares for a final showdown with his intended prey in this action-comedy. (Universal Studios)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger's enjoyable but not hugely special Kindergarten Cop - has a whole roomful of the little tykes making genital jokes and constantly having to go to the bathroom. [21 Dec 1990, p.7]
  2. 80
    Part cop caper, part coo-fest, it is a feel-good movie, a jolly little button-pusher about a street-smart cop who brings law and order to a classroom full of unruly but adorable youngsters.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Brown
    80
    The Great Stone Man never looks more alien than when he smiles, but the expression starts to become him, and as he grows more human through his contact with the kids, Schwarzenegger begins to exude actual warmth.
  4. Kindergarten Cop is fast, loud and obvious, but there are unexpectedly delicate touches. [21 Dec 1990, p.C10]
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Kindergarten Cop finds Arnold up to his old tricks, which will be exactly what his fans will want to know. But it's tough on kids and may make more than a few feel uncomfortable. [21 Dec 1990, p.51]
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    As a one-off this could have inoffensively scraped by on thin charm alone. But don't forget kids, it gave rise to such monstrosities as Last Action Hero, Junior and Jingle all the Way…
  7. It would be lying not to say that some of the moviemakers here aren't working at the top of their craft, or that the movie won't reach audiences. On its own terms, Kindergarten Cop is nearly fool-proof: the last word in glib, shallow, soulless, spuriously warm-hearted commercialism. [21 Dec 1990, p.1]

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  1. Jun 19, 2013
    10
    a very funny stupid comedy that will always keep me laughing until the end. arnold is of coarse the man who steals the sh. kindergarden cop isa very funny stupid comedy that will always keep me laughing until the end. arnold is of coarse the man who steals the sh. kindergarden cop is hilarious Expand
  2. Dec 2, 2014
    8
    Probably the best of Arnold's comedies, next to True Lies. It showed he was a lot smarter and more versatile than most people at the time gaveProbably the best of Arnold's comedies, next to True Lies. It showed he was a lot smarter and more versatile than most people at the time gave him credit for. Expand
  3. Jun 7, 2014
    7
    It certainly is not a masterpiece, but Kindergarten Cop is just fine. It makes for great entertainment and is the defintion of escapism. It isIt certainly is not a masterpiece, but Kindergarten Cop is just fine. It makes for great entertainment and is the defintion of escapism. It is a feel good movie with a funny turn from Ahnold along with some good action sequences. Sure, it is undeniably implausible at times and is certainly not a very good film, but as pure entertainment, it gets the job done. The comedy is well timed (a lot of it thanks to the kids in the film) and light. Overall, there is not much to say about this one. It is fun, entertaining, and a joy to watch, as well as sure to leave you with a smile on your face at the end. You could do far worse for some easy watching. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2012
    6
    It's better than it needs to be, and manages to be sufficient in every genre it tackles.

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