Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Orson Welles

Genre: Drama
Released: 1941-05-01
Rated: PG
Length: 1h 59min
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8/10
8
From 1,265 Ratings

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.


  • TMZ

    1
    By MRPenn46
    Citizen Kane is a cinematic version of 1941 TMZ. The entire movie is a bunch of news hounds trying to figure out the meaning of the last words of Charles Foster Kane, a reclusive newspaper tycoon. From a story point of view it's TMZ trash. From a cinematogprahic point of view it's ground braking for it's time.

  • Greatest

    5
    By pblCkjack
    This one stands the test of time. Great innovation, interesting story, very intriguing. It's a good one in 1940 and 2040.

  • Highly Overrated

    2
    By Cardboard_Bender
    Rosebud is a dumb sled, big deal. Would not make 15% RT rating by tadays standards. It wasn't even filmed in digital 6k redcode raw so any transfer is inferior.

  • Rosebud?

    5
    By LeighHess
    You may THINK you know the 'meaning' of "Rosebud," but do you know what is the purported 'real' reason why, of all the words in the English language, Welles chose that particular word as the crux of this classic story? If you do, you'll know the intriguing, and perhaps real historical meaning of 'Rosebud.'

  • This is for the extras

    1
    By thecolourinbetween
    Please note that although the film is undoubtedly excellent the claim that the extras are complete for this edition is somewhat misleading. In doing so it invites direct comparison with it's Blu-Ray edition which further includes two feature length documentaries. What's left are two commentaries and a fluttering of very short featurettes. I call upon iTunes to enable us to view what the entirety of the extras are prior to purchase and to put increasing pressure on the distributors to make their digital releases match their physical in terms of content and quality.

  • The Greatest Film Ever Made?

    5
    By GuitarMan 92
    Personally, there is not a single film today that can stand next to Citizen Kane on the basis of quality. I’ve watched about a dozen times and I highly recommend it!!!

  • shovalohana

    5
    By shovalo
    Fantastic. Been waiting for the Ebert commentary, the best ever recorded on any movie - now added to the iTunes Extras. Highly recommended!!!

  • An all around great film

    5
    By TH3J4CK4L
    I think most that rated it low just didn't understand the films narrative at all,but that's ok. I'm sure theres plent of MLP stuff for them and Michael Bay films elsewhere.It's also a masterpiece of cinematography.I'llend with an excerpt by Ebert. “Citizen Kane” knows the sled is not the answer. It explains what Rosebud is, but not what Rosebud means. The film's construction shows how our lives, after we are gone, survive only in the memories of others, and those memories butt up against the walls we erect and the roles we play. There is the Kane who made shadow figures with his fingers, and the Kane who hated the traction trust; the Kane who chose his mistress over his marriage and political career, the Kane who entertained millions, the Kane who died alone. - Roger Ebert

  • The Greatest Movie of all Time…..?

    4
    By 1999 Boy Critic
    Citizen Kane, I hear this is the number 1 greatest film of all time. What did I think of it? I'll be honest, I don't think it's great. I don't know what it is, but Citizen Kane never really seemed great according to me. I wish it did, but it didn't. But that doesn't mean that it isn't good. I like a lot of things about this film. I like how during the whole movie we get to be introduced to new and interesting people who knew Kane. There are also a lot of good angles and creative shots in this movie. The shadows Orson Welles used worked great and really made the scene more dramatic. Also, I gotta hand it to Welles. I mean, the guy starred in, wrote, and directed this flick. That's a freaking good director! So with all the good things I've mentioned about Citizen Kane, why don't I think it's great? Well, the reason is a big one. I never really found Charles Foster Kane that interesting. I actually thought he was kind of a jerk. Ok, he falls in love with this girl who wants to be a singer. He's heard her sing before and knows that she isn't good. But he has her perform in front of thousands of people and she gets booed. He knew she couldn't sing , so why would he put her on stage?! I don't know. Even though I don't think Citizen Kane is great, I still think it's a good and interesting film. Though it ' not the greatest movie of all time, it still gets an 8/10.

  • Greatest insult ever!

    5
    By airfrance24907
    The entire movie is one giant insult to Hearst(the newspaper guy), Kane is really Hearst.