Citizen Kane

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Classic should be required for any movie lover.

NR 1941 119 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 57 reviews

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age 9+

What of the greatest movies

Great movie tells the rise and and fall of a complex magnate. It may seem average but this movie was revolutionary and it’s inspiration is in every movie you see today.

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age 12+

That deep focus and and lighting!

I watched this film for the first time when I was a teenager and I thought it was nothing more but an interesting mystery and average in every other way. Viewing the film again a wee bit older offers different insight. Screening it on a much bigger screen also helps, making the lighting and the deep focus emerge much stronger. I can see why Welles made such a splash and how history held him to a different kind of standard. I think the film is uniquely well made and very interesting and it definitely takes chances on how the shots are laid out, but "greatest film ever made?" That is a title that seems unfair to bestow onto any film.

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