75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Not a great film, but you know what? It achieves what it sets out to achieve, and it isn't boring, and it kept me intrigued and involved. As an actor, Eric Gores creates an engaging and convincing character that I liked and cared about -- and believed.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
It is difficult to imagine anyone but Spheeris pulling off this movie, undercutting all mawkishness, bringing to it nuance and shading, not to mention wit. The result is an enjoyable family movie.
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60

Variety

It's the weird proximity of fact and fiction that could push this Penelope Spheeris-directed comedy into another cultish realm entirely.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Wayne's World's Penelope Spheeris directs and also plays herself, in a movie with a message as self-congratulatory as it is meta: All problems are surmountable when selfless Hollywooders work extra, extra hard, pulling together ''for the kid.''
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50

The A.V. Club

By Tasha Robinson
Shamelessly manipulating his audience, wallowing in his highly questionable premise, and above all mocking himself, Arnold bulls ahead enthusiastically and without reservation, and in the process, he brings something like dignity to one of the least dignified movies in recent history.
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40

L.A. Weekly

By Mark Olsen
Gores certainly seems to be enjoying himself, and diplomacy and plain old good taste prevent one from saying much of anything about his screen performance. Arnold doesn't merit such kindness, nor does producer and director Penelope Spheeris, whose work barely rates above the level of rote competence.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Arnold's heart is in the right place, but somebody needs to save him from himself - and soon.
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38

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Though The Kid & I falters as both a comedy and an After School Special, it works as a rather touching episode of "This is Your Life," with a parade of cameos from Arnold's career that'll coax a sniffle or two from his family.
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25

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
No matter how you parse it, the film is a bizarre muddle.
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
THE mesmerizingly awful The Kid & I is a historic first: a comedy about the making of a vanity production that is ITSELF a vanity production.
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37 out of 100
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