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: May 1, 1941
DVD 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.

Hollywood Reporter

Welles' performance is nothing less than astonishing. He begins as a youth of 21, goes through middle age to his death, and makes every moment believable in voice, walk, and gesture. Even in his love scenes is Welles effective.

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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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Rob Vaux

Citizen Kane helped define the language of film, and the totality of its achievement provides no end of fascinating topics to discuss at length.

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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

Some day, and the time won't be long in arriving, Welles will be the greatest director in Hollywood.

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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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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a visual marvel of expressionistic deep-focus cinematography, elaborate production design, and varied editing rhythms

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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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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

It's a gripping and absolutely fascinating drama and Welles is utterly unparalleled.

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Eugene Bernabe
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Idrees Khan
There is no confusion about why this is commonly considered one of the greatest films of all time.
Matthew Slaven
The craftsmanship alone is still worthy of anyone's full and critical attention, but the history that both preceded and followed this creation is equally… More