Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report)
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Mr. Arkadin (Confidential Report)
Also known as Mr. Arkadin, this flawed late effort by director Orson Welles recalls the structure of Citizen Kane, centering around an investigation into the past of a powerful millionaire. This time around, however, the millionaire is very much alive; in fact, it is Gregory Arkadin (Welles) himself who orders the inquiry, claiming to suffer from amnesia. The investigator soon gets a taste of the difficulty of his task, however, when several witnesses to Arkadin's past suspiciously turn up dead. Indeed, the closer he comes to the truth about Arkadin, the more he fears that he himself may… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This fractured Citizen Kane, built of frames within frames and mirrors within mirrors, is aptly brought to life by Welles's later style, born of low budgets and high anxiety, its grotesque closeups and cocked angles suggesting worlds and minds askew."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"A film, which, for all its strangeness, is seldom less than brilliant."
‑ , New York Times
"Arkadin is a rotter from the start; we couldn't care less about his life or death."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"the film suffers not from Welles' absence but rather from any reason for us to care about Arkadin"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A bemusing melodrama that is bizarre."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Engaging meller it may be, but missing the incisive delineation that marked Kane."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"For all of the film's perversity, there is greatness in it -- a greatness harshly criticizing itself."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"While the plot sometimes seems too fragmented for its own good, Welles' consistently inventive imagery nevertheless ensures that the action remains thoroughly engrossing."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
"Endlessly inventive thriller, with spectacular visual style from Welles."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A spectacular film, a complete and total Orson Welles film with his unique fingerprints all over it. I wouldn't swap it for a dozen other films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Failure or not, it's irresistible."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"a mesmerizing experience, a schizoid crime caper that's half-potboiler and half-reverie"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"This is a brilliant disaster... some of the highest class trash you'll ever get to see."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"Junk food for cineastes."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"This is a sprawling complex mystery that, while it's sometimes too tangled for its own good, has an absorbing central story."
‑ , Film4
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