Citizen Kane Reviews

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September 17, 2019
The realism, the development of the scenes, and the connection that is established so that the public doesn't lose the thread of the narrative is something truly extraordinary that we have not seen before. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 31, 2019
It proves Welles' restless, reckless genius -- as exasperating as it is fascinating -- is triumphant in the new medium as it was in the old ones of theater and radio.
July 16, 2019
A film in which every minute is planned, everything works, not a second wasted, not a frame too much; stripped to the gears and yet rich with cinematic decoration.
June 8, 2019
There are few more endlessly engrossing character studies to be found in the history of the medium.
December 1, 2018
Orson Welles was ahead of his time.
November 10, 2018
Welles almost creates a mise en abyme throughout Citizen Kane, inviting but ultimately refuting the tendency to want to reduce everything to one core sentimental genesis.
September 6, 2018
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.
July 3, 2018
The construction is deliberately episodic, and individual settings often appear to owe more to the modern conceptions of stage-technique than to the cinema. But the ingenuity with which the episodes are assembled sets a new level in film-construction.
May 1, 2017
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.
April 18, 2017
Citizen Kane helped define the language of film, and the totality of its achievement provides no end of fascinating topics to discuss at length.
December 3, 2016
a visual marvel of expressionistic deep-focus cinematography, elaborate production design, and varied editing rhythms
November 11, 2016
It's a gripping and absolutely fascinating drama and Welles is utterly unparalleled.
April 29, 2016
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.
April 29, 2016
What's striking now is how utterly modern it is in structure.
November 3, 2015
Citizen Kane, written, produced, directed and played by Orson Welles, is probably the most exciting film that has come out of Hollywood for twenty-five years. I am not at all sure that it isn't the most exciting film that ever came out of anywhere.
May 10, 2015
The labyrinth is a central locus in the language of cinema, Welles presents himself as its Minotaur, giddy and somber
April 30, 2015
Some day, and the time won't be long in arriving, Welles will be the greatest director in Hollywood.
August 22, 2014
Remarkably creative film is inventive both in story and visual style.
January 18, 2013
It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.
October 9, 2012
Perhaps when the uproar has died down it will be discovered that the film is not quite so good as it is considered now, but nevertheless Hollywood will for a long time be in debt to Mr. Welles.
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