Reviews

Mar 2, 2021
We aren't going to quibble about the genius business. Time will take care of that and if Welles goes down in history as one well be happy to have been among those who enjoyed the results of his great talent.
Mar 2, 2021
The sheer brilliance and audacity of Citizen Kane... make the film the most astounding cinematic achievement of the season. It ranks with Disney's Fantasia as a milestone in motion picture technique.
Mar 2, 2021
[It] is my opinion that Mr. Welles has been sympathetic and kind. He reveals great respect for people, and a knowledge of their powers and talents.
Mar 2, 2021
This first screen effort of Orson Welles is of such vast difference to other pictures, in subject material, in treatment, in technique, in cast and in performance that the best advice perhaps is, "See what you think."
Mar 2, 2021
I would say it is a great picture but... It is one of those things, like the Pyramids, which are impressive and definitely interesting to have seen, but one can have more fun than looking at the Pyramids.
Mar 2, 2021
In [Citizen Kane] Welles is revealed as having absorbed a tremendous amount of the tricks and tradition of the theater, and still more, that he possesses the skill and craftsmanship to adapt such knowledge to motion pictures in a masterful way.
Mar 2, 2021
It's interesting. It's different. In fact, it's bizarre enough to become a museum piece. But its sacrifice of simplicity to eccentricity robs it of distinction and general entertainment.
Jul 7, 2020
The satire here is as savage as Swift's, and in its unrelenting light the victim becomes positively nauseous; yet the treatment is brilliant and continuously pleases the aesthetic sense.
May 6, 2020
Citizen Kane, written, produced, and directed by a young man of 25 whom America considers a genius, is an outstanding film, amazing in its presentation and vast in its conception.
Dec 1, 2018
Orson Welles was ahead of his time.
Sep 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.
Apr 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.
Apr 29, 2016
What's striking now is how utterly modern it is in structure.
Apr 30, 2015
Some day, and the time won't be long in arriving, Welles will be the greatest director in Hollywood.
Jan 18, 2013
It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.
Sep 3, 2012
An ecstasy of light and shadow, of clashing textures and graphic forms, such as hadn't been seen since the silent era.
Aug 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.
Dec 22, 2010
Classic should be required for any movie lover.
Nov 4, 2009
To revisit it now is still to marvel at its wit, audacity and sheer entertainment value.