Citizen Kane (1941)



Critic Consensus: Orson Welles's epic tale of a publishing tycoon's rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, and inventive in its storytelling, earning its reputation as a landmark achievement in film.

Movie Info

This is the labyrinthine study of the life of a newspaper tycoon.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Orson Welles, Herman J. Mankiewicz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2001
RKO Radio Pictures


as Charles Foster Kane

as Susan Alexander

as Jedediah Leland

as Bernstein

as Walter Parks Thatche...

as Mrs. Mary Kane

as Emily Norton Kane

as Kane Sr.

as Boss James W. Gettys

as Kane III

as Herbert Carter

as Jerry Thompson

as Raymond

as Head Waiter

as Young Charles Foster...

as Mr. Rawlston

as Miss Anderson

as Kane senior

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Entertainer

as Georgia

as Enquirer Reporter

as Reporter

as City Editor

as Reporter

as Photographer

as Mike

as Orchestra Leader

as Reporter

as Miss Townsend

as Dr. Corey

as Smather

as Reporter

as Chorus Master
Show More Cast

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Citizen Kane

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (12)

Some day, and the time won't be long in arriving, Welles will be the greatest director in Hollywood.

Full Review… | April 30, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An ecstasy of light and shadow, of clashing textures and graphic forms, such as hadn't been seen since the silent era.

Full Review… | September 3, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Many of the novel techniques Welles developed with cinematographer Gregg Toland were calculated to offer new angles on film space.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The labyrinth is a central locus in the language of cinema, Welles presents himself as its Minotaur, giddy and somber

Full Review… | May 10, 2015

Remarkably creative film is inventive both in story and visual style.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Citizen Kane


There is no confusion about why this is commonly considered one of the greatest films of all time.

Idrees Khan
Idrees Khan

Super Reviewer

Citizen Kane is one of the greatest pieces of cinema that remains one of the most engaging pictures ever put to celluloid. Orson Wells crafts a picture that tells a simple, subtle story that works brilliantly in capturing your attention from the first frame onwards. The cast do an immaculate job in their performances and each actor brings something unique to the screen to really make this film standout among other classics. Wells direction is terrific and he is able to craft a story that uses basic elements to create something truly remarkable with this picture. Orson Wells also stars in the film as the lead characters, Charles Kane who is a powerful tycoon Wells is superb in the part, and his work behind the camera is immaculate, fluent and brings the viewer into a truly special experience. The film is a must see due to its significance to the cinematic medium. Citizen Kane is a film that has stood the test of time, and yet again proves that the best pictures are the ones that tell a good story that is simple, yet well told and elevated by a talented cast that add so much to the film to make it a truly outstanding piece of cinema. Cinema fans owe it to themselves to check this treasure and Wells is a wonderful director that has crafted an excellent, engaging and memorable film that you soon won't forget. The picture is flawless and it has stood out among other classics. With that being said, is this my favorite of classic cinema? It isn't, but it definitely is among the finest pieces of work of this era and any era for that matter. I'd have to say that Casablanca is my favorite, with Citizen Kane a close second. Either way, this is a sweeping masterpiece of film, one that has stood out and lives on through each decade as an exemplary film that each new viewer can take something out from the film. Citizen Kane is a flawless picture that has its place secured in cinematic history.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Orson Welles' great performance in front and behind the camera is highlighted in this classic masterpiece. Citizen Kane's portrayal of rise-and-fall of fame and fortune is remarkable performance-wise and visually. As an individual performance, Welles gives one of the greatest, if not the greatest acting performance in movie history. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Citizen Kane Quotes

– Submitted by Matthew B (13 months ago)
– Submitted by Adam O (17 months ago)
– Submitted by Adam O (17 months ago)
– Submitted by Adam O (17 months ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Citizen Kane on our Movie forum!