'Citizen Kane' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   6 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   69 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    100
    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.
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  • Bosley Crowther New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 11 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    100
    There can hardly be anything left to say about Citizen Kane, now revived on the big screen, other than to comment on sublime moments.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Richard Brody New Yorker (Top Critic)
    An ecstasy of light and shadow, of clashing textures and graphic forms, such as hadn't been seen since the silent era.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    More than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    It is still the best place I know of to start thinking about Welles -- or for that matter about movies in general.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • John C. Flinn Sr. Variety (Top Critic)
    Welles has found the screen as effective for his unique showmanship as radio and the theatre.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 15 years ago
  • TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    It is a work of art created by grown people for grown people.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Edwin Schallert Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anthony Bower The Nation
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Cabin Slant Magazine
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    100
    One of the best films out there, and certainly a high point in early cinema. The love for Citizen Kane is deserved.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean Axmaker MSN.com
    Above all, Welles was a showman and Citizen Kane is a three ring circus of cinematic ingenuity...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard T. Jameson Parallax View
    Citizen Kane may very well be the most talked-about movie in history.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    92
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nell Minow Common Sense Media
    100
    Classic should be required for any movie lover.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    100
    To revisit it now is still to marvel at its wit, audacity and sheer entertainment value.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Toby Young Times [UK]
    80
    There's no denying that his bravura performance, both in front of the camera and behind it, is spellbindingly effective.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ben Walters Time Out
    100
    Many of the novel techniques Welles developed with cinematographer Gregg Toland were calculated to offer new angles on film space.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sky Movies
    100
    A ground-breaking masterpiece. It contains so many examples of cinematic brilliance that it's a shock it won only one Oscar (for the screenplay).
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Mark Adams Sunday Mirror [UK]
    100
    Truly one of the greatest films ever.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Film4
    100
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Robert Hanks Independent
    100
    It would be nice to be able to buck the critical orthodoxy and say how tired and overrated Citizen Kane is; but the dulll truth is, it's still, indisputably, one of the great masterpieces of cinema.
    Full Review » 5 years ago