Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane (1941)

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

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 25, 2001
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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.

Edwin Schallert
Los Angeles Times

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

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TIME Magazine

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

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Remarkably creative film is inventive both in story and visual style.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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

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John C. Flinn Sr.

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

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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.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

Many of the novel techniques Welles developed with cinematographer Gregg Toland were calculated to offer new angles on film space.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

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.

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