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Citizen Kane Reviews

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 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 30, 2015
Some day, and the time won't be long in arriving, Welles will be the greatest director in Hollywood.
January 18, 2013
It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.
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.
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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April 21, 2009
It is a work of art created by grown people for grown people.
April 6, 2007
Welles has found the screen as effective for his unique showmanship as radio and the theatre.
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.
February 9, 2006
A film that gets better with each renewed acquaintance.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
More than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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+