The Kid (1921)

The Kid




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Movie Info

In Charlie Chaplin's first feature-length comic masterpiece, a poor, good-hearted loner finds a kidnapped baby and "adopts" it as his own. Years later the devoted "father and son" are threatened by meddling social workers, until the climactic return of his real mom smooths out things for all, including our hero.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Chaplin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 2004
First National Pictures Inc.


as The Child

as The Woman

as The Man

as The Policeman

as The Bully

as Lodging House Propri...

as Pickpocket

as A Crook

as Slum Woman

as Flophouse Proprietor

as The Flirting Angel

as Bridegroom

as Bride's Mother

as Bride's Father

as Tough cop

as Physician

as Welfare Officer

as Chief of Police

as A Woman

as His Kid Brother

as Flirting Angel
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Critic Reviews for The Kid

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (3)

While it will move people to uproarious laughter and keep them in a state of uneasing delight, it also will touch their hearts and win sympathy, not only for the star, but for his leading woman, and little Jackie Coogan.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

[VIDEO ESSAY] "The Kid" is significant in cinema history because it is one of the first films to combine comedy and drama as a succinct filmic form. It is a nurturing comic movie that never gets old, regardless of how many times you watch it.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014

Timeless silent film blends humor with hardship.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014
Common Sense Media

Critics at the time praised the film for its effortless combination of comedy and pathos, which is not as easy as it looks.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Kid

Not since my favorite Chaplin masterpiece, "City Lights," have I seen comedy and heart blended so well. This film sees the incorrigible Tramp raising a five year old Jackie Coogan, getting into scraps with much bigger blokes, and stealing to get by. The child in question had been lost, years before, and his mother is trying to find him. The Tramp is just trying to do right, and feels that the child is his own. It's sweet the entire way through, showing the bonds of adoptive parenting, and the uncompromising love of a parent for a child. The comedy is as screwball as it gets, with Chaplin acting at his best. Most of the comedy is slapstick and screwball, with the Tramp often coming close to getting beaten up or caught by police. It's an absolute delight, a great film for families, and a tearjerker at times.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Although I find unnecessary the dream sequence near the end, this is a great 6-reeler that finds the perfect balance between funny and touching - and the highlight is sweet little co-star Jackie Coogan, who steals every scene he is in.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. The chemistry between Chaplin and Jackie Coogan (The Kid) is so beautifully believable. The choreography of the scenes is sublime. When the cop caught the kid (in collusion with glazier Chaplin) breaking windows and they were runnning away and Chaplin kept giving the kid the side-kick I almost split. When the kid was beating up the bigger kid,it was to die for. Magical feel--the heaven scene was wickedly good.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

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