Citizen Kane, the Orson Welles basic usually hailed as the best film of all time, slipped from 100% to 99% on Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” someday between Feb 25 and April 15 this 12 months. The location added a damaging evaluation to the 115 constructive ones already there—one published 80 years ago by the Chicago Tribune’s Mae Tinée, a collective pseudonym then utilized by the paper’s movie critics. (Matinée, geddit?)
“‘Citizen Kane’ Fails to Impress Critic as Best Ever Filmed” runs the headline, adopted by superficially respectful however withering criticism.
“It is attention-grabbing. It is totally different,” writes the Tribune. “Actually, it is weird sufficient to turn out to be a museum piece. However its sacrifice of simplicity to eccentricity robs it of distinction and common leisure worth.”
The unimpressed write-up was noticed by @Caulimovirus on Twitter: “Rotten Tomatoes actually dug up an 80 12 months outdated damaging evaluation of Citizen Kane and now the film not has a 100% contemporary ranking”
The disgraced basic now languishes behind perfect-score movies corresponding to 1984’s The Terminator and 1995’s Godzilla Vs. Destroyah, films about which no credible authority has ever posted a damaging opinion.