I watched it like 10 years ago, thought it was okay. If I were to pick my favorite Welles’s flick, it would probably be something like Touch of Evil or The Trial. I have to re-watch it at some point.
The thing about those greeeeeat, beeeeeeeeg movies is that they were historically crucial in the development of the cinema, but they’re often overhyped to the degree all the hype partially detracts from the experience itself. Not that they’re bad per se, but people eulogize over them so much, it’s like the hype is so pervasive and over-the-top it begins to detract from the film experience itself if that makes sense. Citizen Kane was Ebert’s favorite film and officially is enshrined as this preeminent artistic masterpiece in the annals of international cinema.
While Ebert probably was genuinely infatuated with the film, I feel a lot of people tend to regurgitate these opinions with a view to portraying themselves as culturally knowledgeable enough, they employ these films in their little social schemes in the same way intellectuals juggle with quotes from Proust to make themselves look important and culturally relevant, which then inflates this cultural bubble to the point of utter preposterousness. It’s dumb, it’s truly retarded. I’m willing to believe Dean he genuinely loves this film, but if some random film enthusiast comes out and professes to be a huge fan of Citizen Kane and jerks off to it 24/7, then I’m going to take with a grain of salt I’m afraid.