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Kindergarten Cop Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The strange thing about Kindergarten Cop is how quickly it abandons its own concept. No sooner has Arnold gotten into class than he's yanked back into the mechanics of the movie's generic thriller plot. Perhaps this wouldn't be as noticeable if there were a few more sparks between Schwarzenegger and the kids.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Kindergarten Cop was directed by Ivan Reitman, whose best work shows an ability to mix the absurd with the dramatic, so we're laughing as the suspense reaches its peak.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Kindergarten Cop never feels mercenary in the manner of, say, "Look Who's Talking Too" or "Three Men and a Little Lady." It is, instead, an extremely amiable, good-hearted film, unashamed of its desire to please and quite entertaining for it. [21 Dec 1990, p.B]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

The Terminator meets Mother Goose.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes some violence and a very small amount of cursing. The villains are evil drug lords that commit murder. Both a woman and a child are put in physical danger, but are saved in the end by the main character. The fight between separated parents for custody of the child may be disturbing for some kids, especially those of divorce.

  • Families can talk about nonviolent conflict-resolution with younger children. How do John's skills as a police officer help him maintain order in his classroom? Parents may want to reassure their children of their safety.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Aside from the bad guys, the film features several positive role models. An aggressive, socially inept cop learns to work with others, care for children, and love. His partner is portrayed as a strong, intelligent female police officer.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The film begins with a murder and includes additional killings (of villainous family members). A child is put in jeopardy.

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    Sex: Not applicable

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    Language: Some profanity.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Wine with dinner.