Kevin Chan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Still trying to remember exactly how I knew about Chaplin. I saw the first 75% of this movie on TV when I was a kid and it was the first time I saw Chaplin in action. But I know I was very familiar with him being an icon before that, though I can’t for the life of me remember if it was just through a few pictures I saw in a picture book or whatever. Idk. But anyways...
The movie’s endearing expressions in its gags, humor, and drama makes this one of Chaplin’s best. The sweetness of this story is definitely one for the ages as Chaplin writes in the opening title:
“A picture with a smile—and perhaps, a tear.”
The fatherly or motherly instinct one immediately feels for a young and innocent life is one of the greatest treasures that human beings can experience. Frankly, the idea that anyone can take that for granted, whether experienced or yet to, is unfathomable.