The Kid
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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 photo into his garret fireplace and cooly returning it there when he sees it is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Timeless silent film blends humor with hardship."
‑ Fiona Maloney-McCrystle, Common Sense Media
"Slapstick funny and sentimental, in equal doses."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"for Charlie the people who matter all have pure hearts"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Critics at the time praised the film for its effortless combination of comedy and pathos, which is not as easy as it looks."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Chaplin's first feature shows his undeniable touch and his brilliant mixture of slapstick and sentiment."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Never so sweet that the comedy suffers, and never so funny that the drama comes off as shallow."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A beautiful film."
‑ John Esther, Pasadena Weekly
"It's hard not to like The Kid, with its old-fashioned yet endearing combination of pathos and humor."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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