Overall Rank: 56
Average Rating: 3.3/4
# of Ratings: 759
Theatrical Release Date: 05/01/1941
Genre: Drama, Mystery
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Orson Welles
Actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane
Plot: A news conglomerate leader dies, leaving behind a mystery about his life, and how he became the man he was. News reporters interview his acquaintances to find some kind of resolution.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/25/2019
A masterpiece and possibly the greatest contribution to cinema, "Citizen Kane" is a demanding film with an original story telling technique, deep symbolism, and a wide array of smart themes, including wealth, power, the press, and everything politics.
hoods_breath - wrote on 03/08/2015
Watched it. Interesting story, very good cinematography. I think I'm the product of another generation that just can't fully appreciate this like those of it's day.
Jmr71 - wrote on 08/19/2014
This was the greatest cinematographic production of it's time. Apparently person well had 6' of concrete dug out for a 10 second shot, because that was the angle he wanted for the shot. This is a classic and stands alone as one of the best films regardless of genre.
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SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/21/2018
Orson Welles / United States of America / 1941... When any film critic puts such terms into one single sentence, the inevitable memory that instantly pops up into the mind is arguably the best American film ever made: Citizen Kane. To make a review and a deep analysis of such giant icon may inevitably cause the writer to resort to terms like "best", "greatest", "influential", and "landmark". However, to resort to such words is the most truthful and factual reaction any cinema admirer normally experiences. Citizen Kane is one of the greatest films in the history of the motion picture. Without the creation of this gigantic magnum opus, the history of the art of filmmaking would not be the same nowadays. A statement comparing the influence of Citizen Kane over cinema and the influence of …
Looneymanthegreat - wrote on 04/08/2013
This is the movie that formed the modern day Oscar-bait. I mean that in that every other movie you see trying to get a best picture nomination is taking chunks from Citizen Kane. And for good reason, this movie is considered to be one of the greatest if not the greatest movie ever made, the academy probably agrees with that statement.
I personally totally get its “greatest movie of all time” status, because it’s super-awesome. The cinematography, the acting and especially the script are just amazing.
There really wasn’t a movie like this before Citizen Kane. Now-a-day’s we get a character study told in retrospective every other year (examples being The Iron Lad, J. Edgar and Slumdog Millionaire,) and even after all this time Kane is unrivaled.
There’s not even …
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/23/2012
A reporter researching the final words of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane interviews those closest to him to try and gain some insight into the man for his obituary piece. Citizen Kane is a masterpiece. The very fact that it was Welles' debut makes it all the more so, and I can only assume that his inexperience meant that he didn't realise that this film could not be done. So he just went and did it. It's the first true marriage of art and mainstream cinema, and so many of the techniques used here had never even been dreamed of in populist movie making before; the expressionistic use of lighting, naturalistic dialogue in which characters are constantly interrupting and talking over one another, the use of a variety of lenses and composite shots to achieve the perfect composition …
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