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‘Citizen Kane’ Dethroned by ‘Paddington 2’ on Rotten Tomatoes


‘Citizen Kane’ Dethroned by ‘Paddington 2’ on Rotten Tomatoes

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Orson Welles’ 1941 movie Citizen Kane has long been hailed as a masterpiece in the world of cinema. It is an incredibly remarkable film, both in its era and even by today’s standards, although there is one scene that I never wish to see again after watching it repeatedly for a college film course. Nonetheless, being such a highly esteemed film, Citizen Kane has maintained a perfect “100% Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes for as long as the platform has existed. However, all of this has changed, and it is all due to a critical review from 80 years ago.

Rotten Tomatoes initiated an archival initiative to uncover and transcribe older film critiques from the pre-digital age, incorporating them into a movie’s overall rating. The project recently brought to light a solitary negative review of Citizen Kane that was published in the Chicago Tribune back in 1941. The review bore the concise title “Citizen Kane Fails to Impress Critic as Greatest Ever Filmed.”

“You’ve probably heard a lot about this film, and based on the advertisements, it seems that some experts consider it ‘the greatest movie ever made’,” the review states. “I beg to differ. It’s intriguing. It’s unique. In fact, it’s peculiar enough to be considered a relic. However, its departure from simplicity towards eccentricity strips it of its uniqueness and broad entertainment appeal.”

Seems like someone who wouldn’t light up a party. Nevertheless, with the emergence of this vintage critique, Citizen Kane is now officially labeled as 99% Fresh, paving the way for another movie with a 100% rating to seize the top position: Paddington 2. Despite the existence of other 100% rated films, Paddington 2 maintains its perfect score even with the largest number of reviews, thereby becoming the new reigning champion.

“It’s truly delightful to be featured on any list that includes Citizen Kane, albeit being quite an unconventional list that spans from Citizen Kane to Paddington 2,” shared writer and director Paul King with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ll try not to take it too seriously. I won’t let it get to my head and immediately construct my Xanadu. Although, I have been contemplating a blueprint just in case.”

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