‘Citizen Kane’ Loses Perfect Rotten Tomatoes Score Thanks To Resurfaced 80-Year-Old Review

Rotten Tomatoes has unearthed a 1941 review of Orson Welles’ classic that single-handedly took down its decades-long perfect critics’ score. From The Hollywood Reporter: Citizen Kane’s score across 116 reviews has been reduced to a mere 99 percent “Fresh.” The ranking slip is due to a single negative review that was recently unearthed by Rotten Tomatoes as part of the site’s Archival Project, which focuses on resurrecting critics and publications of the past and adding archived reviews to classic films. The project discovered a Citizen Kane review that ran in the Chicago Tribune in 1941 and is only available online as a scanned newspaper clipping. Last month, the review was quietly added to Kane’s page.

The review’s headline is incredibly on point, given the circumstances: “Citizen Kane Fails to Impress Critic as Greatest Ever Filmed.” If that sounds like somebody went to the theater with rather high expectations, the review


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