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The Kid

The Kid (1921)

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Release Date: Jan 21, 1921 Wide

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The Kid was Charles Chaplin's first self-produced and directed feature film; 1914's 6-reel Tillie's Punctured Romance was a Mack Sennett production in which Chaplin merely co-starred.The story "with a smile and perhaps a tear," begins with unwed mother Edna Purviance leaving the Charity Hospital, babe in arms. Her burden is illustrated with a title card showing Christ bearing the cross. The father of the child is a poor artist who cares little for of his former lover, carelessly knocking her

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Classics, Comedy

Charles Chaplin

Mar 2, 2004

First National Pictures Inc.

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (0) | DVD (5)

Timeless silent film blends humor with hardship.

August 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Never so sweet that the comedy suffers, and never so funny that the drama comes off as shallow.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Slapstick funny and sentimental, in equal doses.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Beautifully reflecting his growing maturity as a filmmaker as well as his ardor for the work, The Kid stands as a splendid introduction to Chaplin's movies.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

A beautiful film.

November 22, 2004
Pasadena Weekly

Projects such emotional veracity while getting such constant giggles that if there ever was a legitimate use of the cliché "you'll laugh, you'll cry," this is it.

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

Chaplin's first feature shows his undeniable touch and his brilliant mixture of slapstick and sentiment.

May 1, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

It's hard not to like The Kid, with its old-fashioned yet endearing combination of pathos and humor.

April 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

for Charlie the people who matter all have pure hearts

March 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Combinando com perfeição toques comoventes e engraçados, o filme apresenta ao mundo um dos poucos atores que, ao lado de Chaplin, não empalideceram: o garotinho Jackie Coogan.

April 22, 2003
Cinema em Cena

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Review comin' soon.
August 15, 2013
spielberg00

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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.
November 10, 2012
blacksheepboy

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.
October 2, 2012
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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This film is the perfect example of Chaplin's talent. I'm not big for silent films, even for comedies, but I had a connection to this film. The characters felt real and I felt for them. Deffinetly one of my top favorite films of all time.
October 27, 2011
Joshua Wilburn

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