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Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report) (1962)

Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report)


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 2,310


Movie Info

Stylish thriller about a mysterious billionaire who insists he's an amnesiac, and hires a man to investigate the facts of his past. But every witness to the life of Gregory Arkadin winds up getting murdered. A wild assortment of character actors and the visual flair of director Orson Welles results in a bizarre, memorable adventure. (Alternate title: Mr. Arkadin)

Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Classics
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Apr 18, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Engaging meller it may be, but missing the incisive delineation that marked Kane.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Failure or not, it's irresistible.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A film, which, for all its strangeness, is seldom less than brilliant.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

For all of the film's perversity, there is greatness in it -- a greatness harshly criticizing itself.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

a mesmerizing experience, a schizoid crime caper that's half-potboiler and half-reverie

Full Review… | May 30, 2012
Cinema Writer

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

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
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.

Full Review… | June 21, 2006

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

Full Review… | April 7, 2006

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2006

Endlessly inventive thriller, with spectacular visual style from Welles.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Junk food for cineastes.

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
Film Threat

A bemusing melodrama that is bizarre.

Full Review… | January 13, 2005
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.

Full Review… | July 3, 2004
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


A "brilliant disaster" is the perfect definition of this strange work.

Graham Jones
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!!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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