Citizen Kane

Lists: Mystery, AFI 100 (2007)

Brief Synopsis: "Orson Wells was 26 when he made his first feature film Citizen Kane. The film became known as one of the greatest of all time and earned him international celebrity. The story is about the publishing business and how one thrill-seeker’s struggle for power negatively affected everybody he came in contact with and eventually lead to a merciless war."

Overall Ranking: 42 (Rank from 1941: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 80%
Regular 20%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Danny M100
Josh of Classicblanca100
Patrick Devitt100
David Baruffi97(full review)
J Patterson95Rewatch: 7
Jay of Life Vs Film90(full review)
Thomas Pollock90
Dan O'Neill90(full review)
Bryan Lienesch81 - The sensational story about the world's biggest sensationalist is, well, pretty sensational.
Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 4
Rewatch: 5
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80Comedy: 0
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 6

People Involved

  • Joseph Cotten (Jedediah Leland)
  • Orson Welles (Charles Foster Kane)
  • Agnes Moorehead (Mutter)
  • Ruth Warrick (Emily Norton Kane)
  • Everett Sloane (Mr. Bernstein)
  • George Coulouris (Mr. Thatcher)
  • Dorothy Comingore (Susan Alexander Kane)
  • William Alland (Jerry Thompson)
  • Philip Van Zandt (Mr. Rawlston)
  • Buddy Swan (Kane als Kind)
  • Paul Stewart (Raymond)
  • Harry Shannon (Kanes Father)
  • Orson Welles (Director)