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Citizen Kane Reviews

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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.
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.
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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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.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 25, 2005
Welles not only inspired the bright young men with whom he collaborated, he shamed the Hollywood hacks into a realization of just how deeply they had betrayed their talent.
Full Review| Original Score: A+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
More than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Motion picture archives and collections across the world would be poorer without copies of this film, which will forever be recognized as a defining example of American cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 29, 2002
Kids who watch this movie can never know how revolutionary it was.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Classic should be required for any movie lover.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 3, 2005
Citizen Kane is no relic. Pop in the DVD and you'll find what you least expect - a really cool flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 9, 2006
This is the inherent paradox of Welles' film: that its ending should be so equivocal, providing a satisfying resolution that simultaneously scoffs at such over-simplification.
Toby Young
Times (UK)
October 30, 2009
There's no denying that his bravura performance, both in front of the camera and behind it, is spellbindingly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
The greatest film of all time now has a DVD to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Yeah, it really IS all that good.
| 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
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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.
Cole Smithey
July 26, 2009 impressive dramatic epic that articulates some of the myths of capitalist America in a personal and human way.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 19, 2001
No scene in Kane ever fails to amaze me, and watching it for perhaps the 15th time on this new DVD, I still felt fulfilled and happy afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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