Citizen Kane of Orson Welles, widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, has lost 100 percent of his score on Rotten Tomatoes after negative reviews from the review aggregator website 80 years ago.
The negative review, published by the Chicago Tribute on May 7, 1941, was the 116th review of the film on the website and went on to ruin the film’s perfect score.
The Chicago Tribune’s negative Citizen Kane review was published under the pseudonym Mae Teane and reported Indiewear, with the headline ‘Citizen Kane Fails to Impress Critic to Greatest Ever Films’.
The review was published in 1941, a few days after the film first landed in theaters. The critic described the film as a “flop” and wrote that the film’s use of noir-inspired scenes and shadows “gives a creep.”
“It’s interesting. It’s different. In fact, it’s bizarre enough to be a museum piece. But its abandonment from simplicity to eccentricity robs it of distinction and general entertainment value,” the review wrote.
According to IndieWire, the review was uploaded to the website in line with the launch of the RT Archives, an archival hub launched in November 2020 that preserves and preserves editorial content related to classic and historical film.
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