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Citizen Kane

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Orson Welles

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About the Movie

1940. Alone at his fantastic estate known as Xanadu, 70-year-old Charles Foster Kane dies, uttering only the single word Rosebud. So ends the odyssey of a life ... and begins a fabulous tale of the rise to wealth and power--and ultimate fall--of a complex man: A boy abandoned by his parents inherits a fortune, builds a global newspaper empire and aspires to become President of the United States, but he loses everything over an affair with an untalented nightclub singer. This fascinating story unfolds through the eyes of the people important to the tycoon—each showing a different aspect of Citizen Kane. Frequently regarded as the best American film ever made; winner of an Academy Award® for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; and nominated for an additional eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 75
  • Fresh: 75
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 9.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Citizen Kane is far and away the most surprising and cinematically exciting motion picture to be seen here in many a moon. As a matter of fact, it comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Nov 3, 2015

Fresh: It is a work of art created by grown people for grown people. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Welles has found the screen as effective for his unique showmanship as radio and the theatre. – John C. Flinn Sr., Variety, Feb 23, 2012

Fresh: It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced. – Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times, Jan 18, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Honestly Fantastic

Let's get something straight. I am not a professor of film nor am I a film hipster saying only movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey are good. I'm just a 15 year old who loves movies.

I thought I'd see this one for it's historical significance and how much my favorite critic, Roger Ebert, loves it. I wasn't anticipating it to blow my mind; I just wanted to sat I saw the greatest movie ever.

And you know what? I wasn't disappointed. This was a great movie with a superb story, style, and actors. I can definitely see why people love it so much. Is it the greatest movie of all time? I won't make that claim, but there are definitely reasons to think so.

Happy birthday, Citizen Kane. We'll always have room for you in our movie collection.

True Greatness

This is truly a masterpiece of both American and world cinema. Every frame of every scene is left in the movie for a reason. There is no wasted celluloid here. It succeeds visually, dramatically, and artistically. It revolutionized the way movies were both made and viewed. What makes the story of this movie even more astonishing is that Welles was 27 years old when making this film (which was his feature debut, by the way). It is a true work of art, in every sense of the phrase, and should be viewed by anyone and everyone. If anyone tries to tell you that Citizen Kane is not one of the best movies they have ever seen, pay no heed to anything they say, for they obviously lack the mental capacity to truly enjoy great cinema.


What is it about "Citizen Kane" that makes it a truly one-of-kind masterpiece? Is it the epic, yet tragic, story of Charles Foster Kane, an enormously powerful media mogul who lives in total solitude? Is it the way both his public and personal lives are told: through a series of haunting, yet surreal, flashbacks? Or is it the iconic line he constantly mutters to himself that still rings in the depths of our memories to this day: "Rosebud"? Whatever the case may be, the tale of the man who once had everything and lost it all in the blink of an eye remains a staple of cinematic entertainment 70 years later. And just as everything good seems to ripen with age, I know that the great Orson Welles's crowning achievement will continue to delight generation after generation for many years to come.

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