Kindergarten Cop (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kindergarten Cop1990

Kindergarten Cop (1990)



Critic Consensus: Arnold Schwarzenegger substitutes his action brio with some refreshingly adept comedic timing, but Kindergarten Cop is too grim for children and too cloying for adults.

Kindergarten Cop Photos

Movie Info

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 the former wife, who is believed to have $3 million of Cullen's drug profits. John and Phoebe follow the trail to Astoria, Oregon, where they believe Cullen's son is attending kindergarten. Although the child and his mother have changed names, John hopes they can pick up some clues. By coincidence, Phoebe used to be a schoolteacher and the school board permits her teach the kindergarten class, but Phoebe gets food poisoning and John is forced to teach the six-year-old whippersnappers himself. Along with lighthearted gags with the kids and the pursuit of the drug dealers, John has time for a little romance when he falls in love with one of the teachers (Penelope Ann Miller), who ends up surprising him with more than love. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Watch it now


Penelope Ann Miller
as Joyce Palmieri/Rachel Crisp
Pamela Reed
as Phoebe O'Hara
Linda Hunt
as Schlowski
Richard Tyson
as Cullen Crisp
Carroll Baker
as Eleanor Crisp
Cathy Moriarty
as Sylvester's Mother
Park Overall
as Samantha's Mother
Jayne Brook
as Zach's Mother
Richard Portnow
as Capt. Salazar
Betty Lou Henson
as Keisha's Mother
Heidi Swedberg
as Joshua's Mother
Marissa Rosen
as Samantha
Ben Diskin
as Sylvester
Medha Garg
as Latiana
Brian Wagner
as William
Jim Jim Jackson
as Sedgewinn
Amy Wald
as Sarah
James Chance
as Matthew
Tina Hart
as Dorothy
Haley Urman
as Courtney
Peter Mark Vasquez
as Street Tough
Stephen Root
as Sheriff
Leo Lee
as Street Tough
Molly Cleator
as Schlowski's Assistant
Gary Hollis
as Superintendent Rice
Susan Burns
as Waitress
Tom Dugan
as Crisp's Lawyer
as Manicurist
Jason Stuart
as Male Hairstylist
John Hammil
as Zach's Father
Kim Delgado
as Mall Guard #1
Ray Glanzmann
as Mall Guard #2
Rick Jones
as Samantha's Father
Ed Crick
as Mall Guard #3
View All

News & Interviews for Kindergarten Cop

Critic Reviews for Kindergarten Cop

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (8)

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

September 26, 2007 | Full Review…

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…

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

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5

[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…

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…

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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kindergarten Cop

Do I dare to say, Schwarzenegger's best acting work.

Graham Jones
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.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

One of Arnolds funniest films of all time

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Kindergarten Cop Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features