Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character was a laugh riot from the start..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/19/2004
"More than 80 years after THE KID was released, both the film and the child star whose career it launched, Jackie Coogan, still prove irresistible."
Empire - 06/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "Charlie Chaplin's trademark slapstick and moist-eyed pathos was established with this film..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2010
"The chemistry between Chaplin and Jackie Coogan is what alchemists sought in vain for centuries..."
Charlie Chaplin's first feature is a sad comedy about a woman who abandons her child with the intention of commiting suicide. The little Tramp finds the baby and takes him under his wing. When the woman, Edna, turns out to be an opera star five years later, she spends her extra time doing charity work for youngsters who live in the slums, hoping that she will find her son. Eventually, the truth comes out and the authorities take the baby away from Chaplin. He steals the child back, but is soon discovered and separated once again from him. A reunion at the mother's mansion resolves things happily, yet the earlier somber tone prevails, making this sweet and heartwarming story resonate for the viewer.
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