The Kid
The Kid (1921)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 21, 1921
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
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Variety Staff

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.

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Cole Smithey

[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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The movie opens with the words "a picture with a smile -- and perhaps, a tear," a mission statement that would serve Chaplin well over the ensuing decades.

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Fiona Maloney-McCrystle
Common Sense Media

Timeless silent film blends humor with hardship.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Slapstick funny and sentimental, in equal doses.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a fantastic and brave work, forging new ground in its mixing of comedy and pathos and fully earning its opening title card, which promises "a picture with a smile-and perhaps, a tear."

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

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Mark Bourne

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Not since my favorite Chaplin masterpiece, "City Lights," have I seen comedy and heart blended so well. This film sees the incorrigible Tramp raising… More
Joshua Wilburn
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… More
Carlos Magalh„es
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… More
Aj V
This is the best Chaplin film I've seen so far, it's heartwarming, cute, funny, and it has a simple and sad but brilliant story. I highly recommend… More
Bathsheba Monk
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. The chemistry between Chaplin and Jackie Coogan (The Kid) is so beautifully believable. The choreography of the scenes is… More
Luke Baldock
Chaplin was a man of many talents and here they can all be seen and heard. The Kid is perfect silent cinema, everything displayed in the images, the scenes… More

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