Citizen Kane Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Bosley Crowther — New York Times

  • There can hardly be anything left to say about Citizen Kane, now revived on the big screen, other than to comment on sublime moments.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • An ecstasy of light and shadow, of clashing textures and graphic forms, such as hadn't been seen since the silent era.

    Richard Brody — New Yorker

  • More than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It is still the best place I know of to start thinking about Welles -- or for that matter about movies in general.

    Dave Kehr — Chicago Reader

  • Welles has found the screen as effective for his unique showmanship as radio and the theatre.

    John C. Flinn Sr. — Variety

  • 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.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • It is a work of art created by grown people for grown people.

    Dean Essner — TIME Magazine

  • It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.

    Edwin Schallert — Los Angeles Times

  • 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.

    Anthony Bower — The Nation

  • 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.

    Chris Cabin — Slant Magazine

  • One of the best films out there, and certainly a high point in early cinema. The love for Citizen Kane is deserved.

    R. L. Shaffer — IGN DVD

  • Above all, Welles was a showman and Citizen Kane is a three ring circus of cinematic ingenuity...

    Sean Axmaker — MSN.com

  • Citizen Kane may very well be the most talked-about movie in history.

    Richard T. Jameson — Parallax View

  • Orson Welles' epic film, his stunning feature debut from 1941, is an enduring masterpiece that was underestimated at the time of its release due to political reasons.

    Emanuel Levy — EmanuelLevy.Com

  • Citizen Kane has been cited as the greatest film ever made from so many different quarters, it's a wonder that a Congressional law hasn't been passed making it required viewing for anyone who claims they like movies.

    Matt Brunson — Creative Loafing

  • Classic should be required for any movie lover.

    Nell Minow — Common Sense Media

  • To revisit it now is still to marvel at its wit, audacity and sheer entertainment value.

    Derek Malcolm — This is London

  • With its spirit of visual and narrative innovation, and Welles's precocious, towering central performance, Citizen Kane almost lives up to its own reputation as the best of all time.

    Dean Essner — Film4

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