Reviews

Jan 9, 2022
"Citizen Kane" forever changed the way movies were made and interpreted. It's still relevant and unique 80 years after its release. Is it the greatest movie ever? Maybe, maybe not. The most influential? Without a doubt, yes.
Dec 2, 2021
I can't think of an American-made film that stands up to multiple viewings quite like 'Kane'...it never feels like Welles and company are showing off, just showing what a movie can do.
Jun 10, 2021
Welles is the most exciting thing that's happened since sound.
Mar 24, 2021
I particularly like the structure of the film, especially the use of the news reel footage and the newspaper headlines to move the plot forward.
Mar 2, 2021
We aren't going to quibble about the genius business. Time will take care of that and if Welles goes down in history as one well be happy to have been among those who enjoyed the results of his great talent.
Mar 2, 2021
The sheer brilliance and audacity of Citizen Kane... make the film the most astounding cinematic achievement of the season. It ranks with Disney's Fantasia as a milestone in motion picture technique.
Mar 2, 2021
Citizen Kane Is a triumph not only for Orson Welles, but for his entire company as well.
Mar 2, 2021
Everything that Welles has to say in his capacity of author, actor and director is individual and striking. The grouping of the characters, the odd camera angles, the revealing little character glimpses are all superb.
Mar 2, 2021
Whether the story of Charles Foster Kane is a biography of one man or a composite of many, as Orson Welles claims, matters not so much as the fact that here we have a completely new approach to film biography.
Mar 2, 2021
[It] is my opinion that Mr. Welles has been sympathetic and kind. He reveals great respect for people, and a knowledge of their powers and talents.
Mar 2, 2021
It is daring, different, thrilling and revolutionary, a power play of startling brilliance.
Mar 2, 2021
This first screen effort of Orson Welles is of such vast difference to other pictures, in subject material, in treatment, in technique, in cast and in performance that the best advice perhaps is, "See what you think."
Mar 2, 2021
Welles has grasped the art of the photoplay in a single venture. He has accomplished in one picture what Hollywood veterans have been aiming at tor years.
Mar 2, 2021
I would say it is a great picture but... It is one of those things, like the Pyramids, which are impressive and definitely interesting to have seen, but one can have more fun than looking at the Pyramids.
Mar 2, 2021
In [Citizen Kane] Welles is revealed as having absorbed a tremendous amount of the tricks and tradition of the theater, and still more, that he possesses the skill and craftsmanship to adapt such knowledge to motion pictures in a masterful way.
Mar 2, 2021
[Orson Welles] has done a remarkable job of producing something different from the ordinary run of film fare, and in doing so has brought a number of new faces to the screen, besides appearing in the title roll himself.
Mar 2, 2021
Mr. Welles evolves by slow, precise degrees from the' ebullient, idealistic young man out to remold the world by the power of his inherited wealth, to a grim, petty tyrant without illusions, clinging tenaciously to a life which holds little for him.
Mar 2, 2021
It's interesting. It's different. In fact, it's bizarre enough to become a museum piece. But its sacrifice of simplicity to eccentricity robs it of distinction and general entertainment.
Mar 1, 2021
To my way of thinking, Gregg Toland, the photographer, has accomplished the best job ever turned out by a camera.
Mar 1, 2021
I saw Citizen Kane months ago and it sticks in my mind almost as vividly as if I had seen it yesterday. And I shall certainly see it again.