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.
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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.
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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.
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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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TIME Magazine
April 21, 2009
It is a work of art created by grown people for grown people.
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April 6, 2007
Welles has found the screen as effective for his unique showmanship as radio and the theatre.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 6, 2007
It is still the best place I know of to start thinking about Welles -- or for that matter about movies in general.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A film that gets better with each renewed acquaintance.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Citizen Kane is far and away the most surprising and cinematically exciting motion picture to be seen here in many a moon. As a matter of fact, it comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 1, 1941
Fifty years after its release, Citizen Kane still seems richer, bolder, more spectacularly alive than any other film of the studio-system era. Regardless of how many times you've seen Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece, it always feels like the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: A+