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Citizen Kane (1941)

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Critic Consensus: Orson Welles's epic tale of a publishing tycoon's rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, and inventive in its storytelling, earning its reputation as a landmark achievement in film.

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This is the labyrinthine study of the life of a newspaper tycoon.

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Cast

Orson Welles
as Charles Foster Kane
Dorothy Comingore
as Susan Alexander
Joseph Cotten
as Jedediah Leland
Everett Sloane
as Bernstein
George Coulouris
as Walter Parks Thatcher
Agnes Moorehead
as Mrs. Mary Kane
Ruth Warrick
as Emily Norton Kane
Harry Shannon
as Kane Sr.
Ray Collins
as Boss James W. Gettys
Sonny Bupp
as Kane III
Erskine Sanford
as Herbert Carter
William Alland
as Jerry Thompson
Paul Stewart
as Raymond
Gus Schilling
as Head Waiter
Buddy Swan
as Young Charles Foster Kane
Philip Van Zandt
as Mr. Rawlston
Georgia Backus
as Miss Anderson
Alan Ladd
as Reporter
Pedro de Cordoba
as Kane senior
Charles Bennett
as Entertainer
Joan Blair
as Georgia
Edmund Cobb
as Enquirer Reporter
Eddie Coke
as Reporter
Herbert Corthell
as City Editor
Louise Currie
as Reporter
Robert Dudley
as Photographer
Al Eben
as Mike
Arthur Kay
as Orchestra Leader
Ellen Lowe
as Miss Townsend
Milton Kibbee
as Reporter
Irving Mitchell
as Dr. Corey
Benny Rubin
as Smather
Walter Sande
as Reporter
Tudor Williams
as Chorus Master
Agnes Morehead
as Mary Kane
Herbert Carter
as Mr. Bernstein
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Critic Reviews for Citizen Kane

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (37)

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.

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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.

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[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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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Audience Reviews for Citizen Kane

There are many reasons why so many rever this film for so very many years, but the story at the heart of it, that of a little boy trying to buy love no matter what, no matter how old he gets, until the day he dies, is what gets me every time, the humanity. But rest assured, just about every category they give Oscars away for is well represented here.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

Watching Citizen Kane today is almost like an exercise in deciding what is more perfect: if Gregg Toland's cinematography and gorgeous deep focus; Robert Wise's exceptional editing; Welles' magnificent direction and acting; or the film's superlative script told in a non-linear structure.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

There is no confusion about why this is commonly considered one of the greatest films of all time.

Idrees Khan
Idrees Khan

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