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Citizen Kane Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 3, 2016
a visual marvel of expressionistic deep-focus cinematography, elaborate production design, and varied editing rhythms
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 11, 2016
It's a gripping and absolutely fascinating drama and Welles is utterly unparalleled.
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
April 29, 2016
What's striking now is how utterly modern it is in structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
CA Lejeune
Observer (UK)
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.
Fernando F. Croce
May 10, 2015
The labyrinth is a central locus in the language of cinema, Welles presents himself as its Minotaur, giddy and somber
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
April 30, 2015
Some day, and the time won't be long in arriving, Welles will be the greatest director in Hollywood.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 22, 2014
Remarkably creative film is inventive both in story and visual style.
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Edwin Schallert
Los Angeles Times
January 18, 2013
It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.
Anthony Bower
The Nation
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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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 3, 2012
An ecstasy of light and shadow, of clashing textures and graphic forms, such as hadn't been seen since the silent era.
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
August 30, 2012
Welles's deeply haunting depiction of the life of William Randolph Hearst has long been synonymous with the director's spectacularly odd and genuinely tragic career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
One of the best films out there, and certainly a high point in early cinema. The love for Citizen Kane is deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Sean Axmaker
September 14, 2011
Above all, Welles was a showman and Citizen Kane is a three ring circus of cinematic ingenuity...
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
May 1, 2011
Citizen Kane may very well be the most talked-about movie in history.
Emanuel Levy
March 4, 2011
Orson Welles' epic film, his stunning feature debut from 1941, is an enduring masterpiece that was underestimated at the time of its release due to political reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 20, 2011
Citizen Kane has been cited as the greatest film ever made from so many different quarters, it's a wonder that a Congressional law hasn't been passed making it required viewing for anyone who claims they like movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Classic should be required for any movie lover.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Citizen Kane is not only an entertaining film, but it is also a deeply heartfelt, though provoking, and intelligent one as well. Like a fine wine it has aged well over the last 60 odd years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
November 4, 2009
To revisit it now is still to marvel at its wit, audacity and sheer entertainment value.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
October 30, 2009
Many of the novel techniques Welles developed with cinematographer Gregg Toland were calculated to offer new angles on film space.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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