Citizen Kane


Citizen Kane

Critics 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.



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

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Orson Welles
as Charles Foster Kane
Dorothy Comingore
as Susan Alexander
Joseph Cotten
as Jedediah Leland
Everett Sloane
as Bernstein
George Coulouris
as Walter Parks Thatcher
Agnes Moorehead
as Mrs. Mary Kane
Ruth Warrick
as Emily Norton Kane
Harry Shannon
as Kane Sr.
Ray Collins
as Boss James W. Gettys
Sonny Bupp
as Kane III
Erskine Sanford
as Herbert Carter
William Alland
as Jerry Thompson
Paul Stewart
as Raymond
Gus Schilling
as Head Waiter
Buddy Swan
as Young Charles Foster Kane
Philip Van Zandt
as Mr. Rawlston
Georgia Backus
as Miss Anderson
Pedro de Cordoba
as Kane senior
Alan Ladd
as Reporter
Charles Bennett
as Entertainer
Joan Blair
as Georgia
Edmund Cobb
as Enquirer Reporter
Eddie Coke
as Reporter
Herbert Corthell
as City Editor
Louise Currie
as Reporter
Robert Dudley
as Photographer
Al Eben
as Mike
Arthur Kay
as Orchestra Leader
Ellen Lowe
as Miss Townsend
Irving Mitchell
as Dr. Corey
Benny Rubin
as Smather
Walter Sande
as Reporter
Tudor Williams
as Chorus Master
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Critic Reviews for Citizen Kane

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (20)

  • It is a triumph of the film, and proof of its solid value and of the sense of its director and all concerned, that a human touch is not lost. Sympathy for the preposterous Mr. Kane survives. Indeed, there is something about him which seems admirable.

    Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Welles' performance is nothing less than astonishing. He begins as a youth of 21, goes through middle age to his death, and makes every moment believable in voice, walk, and gesture. Even in his love scenes is Welles effective.

    May 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This stuff is fine theatre, technically or any other way, and along with them the film is exciting for the recklessness of its independence, even if it seems to have little to be free for.

    Apr 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • What's striking now is how utterly modern it is in structure.

    Apr 29, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Some day, and the time won't be long in arriving, Welles will be the greatest director in Hollywood.

    Apr 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.

    Jan 18, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Citizen Kane

There are many reasons why so many rever this film for so very many years, but the story at the heart of it, that of a little boy trying to buy love no matter what, no matter how old he gets, until the day he dies, is what gets me every time, the humanity. But rest assured, just about every category they give Oscars away for is well represented here.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Watching Citizen Kane today is almost like an exercise in deciding what is more perfect: if Gregg Toland's cinematography and gorgeous deep focus; Robert Wise's exceptional editing; Welles' magnificent direction and acting; or the film's superlative script told in a non-linear structure.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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