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Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report)

Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report) (1962)

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80

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Also known as Mr. Arkadin, this flawed late effort by director Orson Welles recalls the structure of Citizen Kane, centering around an investigation into the past of a powerful millionaire. This time around, however, the millionaire is very much alive; in fact, it is Gregory Arkadin (Welles) himself who orders the inquiry, claiming to suffer from amnesia. The investigator soon gets a taste of the difficulty of his task, however, when several witnesses to Arkadin's past suspiciously turn up dead.

Unrated,

Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Apr 18, 2006

Warner Bros. Pictures

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This fractured Citizen Kane, built of frames within frames and mirrors within mirrors, is aptly brought to life by Welles's later style, born of low budgets and high anxiety, its grotesque closeups and cocked angles suggesting worlds and minds askew.

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Engaging meller it may be, but missing the incisive delineation that marked Kane.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Failure or not, it's irresistible.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A film, which, for all its strangeness, is seldom less than brilliant.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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For all of the film's perversity, there is greatness in it -- a greatness harshly criticizing itself.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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a mesmerizing experience, a schizoid crime caper that's half-potboiler and half-reverie

May 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Arkadin is a rotter from the start; we couldn't care less about his life or death.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

While the plot sometimes seems too fragmented for its own good, Welles' consistently inventive imagery nevertheless ensures that the action remains thoroughly engrossing.

June 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmjourney

This is a brilliant disaster... some of the highest class trash you'll ever get to see.

April 7, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

the film suffers not from Welles' absence but rather from any reason for us to care about Arkadin

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Endlessly inventive thriller, with spectacular visual style from Welles.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Junk food for cineastes.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A bemusing melodrama that is bizarre.

January 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A spectacular film, a complete and total Orson Welles film with his unique fingerprints all over it. I wouldn't swap it for a dozen other films.

July 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This is a sprawling complex mystery that, while it's sometimes too tangled for its own good, has an absorbing central story.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A fascinating Wellesian mess

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report)

Flawed by no little reasons like an obvious low budget and flimsy storyline. Still, Welles and his baroque style were able to make mediocrity not only bearable, but sometimes captivating.
August 21, 2014
pier007

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A "brilliant disaster" is the perfect definition of this strange work.
October 27, 2011
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

After watching Mr. Arkadin twice (once to see it and once again to attempt to understand it) I'm compelled to examine the inspirational possibilities.

LSD was invented in the 1930's but didn't come into popular recreational use until the 1960's. Mr. Arkadin was released in 1955. Rule that out.

Crack didn't become mainstream until the early 1980's. Scratch that one.

Federico Fellini made his first film in 1950, a mere five years prior. A possible but unlikely influence.

The best bet is that Orson just, somehow, lost artistic control and the film was cut, re-edited, dubbed, re-dubbed, lost, found, re-re-dubbed, and released.

As freakishly bizarre as this all sounds, the film still warrants 4 & 1/2 stars. Imagine how high it could have been had it made sense!!
December 13, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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Orson Welles' style in Mr. Arkadin is every bit as dynamic as it was with Citizen Kane. Unfortunately they're both equally as jumpy and sometimes messy. The movie's lavish style frequently takes a back seat to Welles' pretentiousness and whoever did the dubbing and horribly matched the sound to the film should be shot. Poala Mori was gorgeous but this movie isn't anything to wrap your legs around more than once. Recommended viewing for Welles fans but otherwise forget about it.
June 19, 2008
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