HappyTreeSpirit’s review published on Letterboxd:
Even just a good Charlie Chaplin film is enough to warrant it high praise. "The Kid" definitely fits that bill. A lot of the appeal comes from Chaplin's iconic tramp character taking care of an orphaned boy. It has a feel good quality that can put smiles on many faces. The relationship between the two characters seems to progress quite organically which is quite the feat given the relatively short runtime. It is very apparent that Chaplin put a lot of time and effort into constructing these characters and their relationship with one another. Not everything comes fully together in the end but that doesn't takeaway the other great qualities of this film. Despite the ending, the "The Kid" still has really good pacing. The acting is a huge positive but it is also the little details that keep this film going. The editing also helps out a lot with that. Overall I don't think it measures up to some of Chaplin's later films but it's still good fun.