Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
Attention all units: Slapstick in progress in the vicinity of Police Academy. Suspects wanted for mugging the camera and possession of night shtiks with intent to incite a laugh riot. Please respond to this blues burlesque, a uniformly funny hit sure to have a long run. Its target audience -- those who can take their T&A with a grain of assault. Its plot -- a combo of "Animal House" and "An Officer and a Gentleman." Its stars -- a rainbow coalition of hot newcomers and dependable, unexpendable pros. [23 Mar 1984, p.23]
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Despite the quick succession of sight gags director Hugh Wilson engineers in the film, Police Academy has it weak moments, particularly with Steve Guttenberg and Kim Cattrall in the leads. [23 Mar 1984]
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Police Academy at its core is a harmless, innocent poke at authority that does find a fresh background in a police academy.
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Miami Herald

By Bill Cosford
Gag delivery is by shotgun and, as happens when there is even a minimum of talent involved in such projects, some of the material is on target. And some of it is awful. [27 Mar 1984, p.B5]
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The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
The movie plows through one outrageous sequence to the next with the momentum of a freight train.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
If there's anything worse than a punch line that doesn't work, it's a movie that doesn't even bother to put the punch lines in.
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41 out of 100
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