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‘Citizen Kane’ loses 100% Rotten Tomatoes score because of 80-year-old negative review

  • Published at 09:00 pm April 28th, 2021
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The review was originally headlined “Citizen Kane Fails to Impress Critic as Greatest Ever Filmed”| Collected

The recently uncovered 80-year-old review called the iconic American film 'a flop' and added that it 'gives one the creeps'

Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” has lost its perfect Rotten Tomatoes score after the review aggregator website had decided to add a 1941 negative review, originally published by the Chicago Tribune 80 years ago.

It is the 116th review added to “Citizen Kane” and the only negative one which led to a decline in the film’s rating.

The review was originally published under the pseudonym “Mae Tinee” and headlined “Citizen Kane Fails to Impress Critic as Greatest Ever Filmed.”

The reviewer said that the film’s visuals, with an emphasis on shadows, “give one the creeps.”

“It’s interesting. It’s different. In fact, it’s bizarre enough to become a museum piece. But its sacrifice of simplicity to eccentricity robs it of distinction and general entertainment value,” the review read.

“Citizen Kane” has recently been in the news due to the acclaim garnered by David Fincher’s latest feature “Mank,” which revolves around “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz.

“Mank” won Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

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