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"It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced."
‑ Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times
"It is a work of art created by grown people for grown people."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Remarkably creative film is inventive both in story and visual style."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"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
"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
"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
"Welles has found the screen as effective for his unique showmanship as radio and the theatre."
‑ John C. Flinn Sr., Variety
"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
"Above all, Welles was a showman and Citizen Kane is a three ring circus of cinematic ingenuity..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, MSN.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
"Many of the novel techniques Welles developed with cinematographer Gregg Toland were calculated to offer new angles on film space."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"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'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
"Citizen Kane may very well be the most talked-about movie in history."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Classic should be required for any movie lover."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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