Citizen Kane Reviews

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.
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 29, 2016
What's striking now is how utterly modern it is in structure.
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.
November 4, 2009
To revisit it now is still to marvel at its wit, audacity and sheer entertainment value.
October 30, 2009
Many of the novel techniques Welles developed with cinematographer Gregg Toland were calculated to offer new angles on film space.
October 30, 2009
There's no denying that his bravura performance, both in front of the camera and behind it, is spellbindingly effective.
October 30, 2009
There can hardly be anything left to say about Citizen Kane, now revived on the big screen, other than to comment on sublime moments.
Top Critic
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.
April 17, 2001
A potent metaphor for the betrayal of principles, the souring of the American Dream, and an intelligent mediation on the corrupting nature of power.
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.
January 1, 2000
Its surface is as much fun as any movie ever made. Its depths surpass understanding.
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.