Mr. Arkadin
Mr. Arkadin (1962)

A dying man's final words send two people to Gregory Arkadin, a mysterious and much-feared billionaire who lives in a Xanadu-like castle. Guy Van Stratten, an adventurer and fortune hunter, is interested in Arkadin's money -- and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 18, 2006
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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New York Times

A film, which, for all its strangeness, is seldom less than brilliant.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Arkadin is a rotter from the start; we couldn't care less about his life or death.

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Variety Staff

Engaging meller it may be, but missing the incisive delineation that marked Kane.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

For all of the film's perversity, there is greatness in it -- a greatness harshly criticizing itself.

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Doug Cummings

While the plot sometimes seems too fragmented for its own good, Welles' consistently inventive imagery nevertheless ensures that the action remains thoroughly engrossing.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Failure or not, it's irresistible.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a mesmerizing experience, a schizoid crime caper that's half-potboiler and half-reverie

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David Cornelius

This is a brilliant disaster... some of the highest class trash you'll ever get to see.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Flawed by no little reasons like an obvious low budget and flimsy storyline. Still, Welles and his baroque style were able to make mediocrity not only bearable,… More
Michael Gildea
Orson Welles' style in Mr. Arkadin is every bit as dynamic as it was with Citizen Kane. Unfortunately they're both equally as jumpy and sometimes… More
Graham Jones
A "brilliant disaster" is the perfect definition of this strange work.
Stella Dallas
a brilliant mess. the story of a reclusive billionaire played by welles in a fake beard and his daughter, played by his third wife, whose dialogue was… More
Randy Tippy
After watching Mr. Arkadin twice (once to see it and once again to attempt to understand it) I'm compelled to examine the inspirational possibilities. LSD… More
Sean Gillespie
I'm sure that this jet setting spy story could have came off a little bit better providing two things. The cinetography was awful, it looks like it it was… More