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Citizen Kane (1941)

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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.

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This is the labyrinthine study of the life of a newspaper tycoon.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
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On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
RKO Radio Pictures

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Cast

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
Alan Ladd
as Reporter
Pedro de Cordoba
as Kane senior
Arthur O'Connell
as Reporter
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
Milt Kibbee
as Reporter
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 (73) | 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

It is a work of art created by grown people for grown people.

Full Review… | April 21, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Welles has found the screen as effective for his unique showmanship as radio and the theatre.

Full Review… | April 6, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

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

½

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

½

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

Idrees Khan
Idrees Khan

Super Reviewer

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