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Big A2's avatar

Big A2

The only reason people are calling this over-rated is because it's been given a label that is impossible to live up to, built on the assumption that any movie could possibly be the be-all, end-all, greatest of all time. Yes, it’s good, very good. 5/5, 10/10, whatever, but is it the greatest film of all time? No, because nothing ever will be.
12 years 5 months ago
Melvelet's avatar


"Probably the most unfortunate thing that ever happened to `Citizen Kane' was that it found itself atop the AFI top film list. Now, no one can simply enjoy the film. Everyone feels compelled to scrutinize it and make a decision about its greatness."
10 years 12 months ago
DisneyStitch's avatar


The movie is years, perhaps decades ahead of its time. Watch a bunch of movies from the same time period and compare, it's like comparing a diamond to sea shells. Pay close attention to the lighting and especially the camerawork. It's all things we have come to know and love now but this is 70+ years ago. I agree with another commenter that no movie could ever really be the "greatest" of all time, cinema is far too varied for that. The vast majority of people who call it "overrated" most likely saw this movie as #1 in a few lists and then watched it as one of their first old movies they've ever watched, (once again, it's 76 years old for Pete's sake.) If you are strictly a contemporary movie watcher it's understandable it won't be your thing. A taste for classic movies is a quality obtained over time and study of classic films.

I can't claim it to absolutely positively be the best of all time. It is, however, one of the most meticulously and well crafted movies ever made, without question. Orson Welles strikes an imposing character who is impossible to take your eyes off of. The movie begins brilliantly and over the course of the film we find that, like newspaper stories, reality is far different and infinitely more complicated than the headlines...
7 years 5 months ago
StigAnder's avatar


It was no Citizen Kane, but...
13 years 3 months ago
Pallium Invisibilitatem's avatar

Pallium Invisibilitatem

one of those rare movies which lives up to its hype...
11 years 9 months ago
baraka92's avatar


It ain't my favorite movie, but I can see why it's considered the greatest of all time. Quite perfect.
14 years 5 months ago
Yojimbo's avatar


"Perhaps not your favourite movie ever made, but still the most important one to American cinema's history" would be more accurate. Lots of countries were making exceptional cinema before Kane reached foreign shores on a significant basis.
13 years 11 months ago
Jonathan_Hutchings's avatar


What else can be said about this film? One of very few that lives up to the hype (and considering Citizen Kane's hype, that's saying A LOT).
12 years 8 months ago
contrafugal's avatar


Well, this film was pretty good, but it's no Fantastic Four.
10 years 11 months ago
RandomBeast's avatar


Believe the hype. It really is that good.
14 years 7 months ago
ArkRyan's avatar


Totally lives up to the hype. Considering the year it was made, it's light years ahead it's time.
7 years 11 months ago
piratediscoking's avatar


There's no such thing as the "best" movie of all time, but this is a damn good one
10 years 4 months ago
timmy_501's avatar


Just as good the second time, definitely lives up to its reputation.
11 years 11 months ago
frankqb's avatar


Perhaps not your favourite movie ever made, but still the most important one to cinema's history.
13 years 12 months ago
danisanna's avatar



Amazing writing.
9 years 11 months ago

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