Paddington 2 Replaces Citizen Kane As Rotten Tomatoes’ Top Rated Film

The charming Paddington 2 has toppled Citizen Kane from the top spot, becoming Rotten Tomatoes’ new best rated movie of all-time.

Orson Welles’ classic film Citizen Kane is often hailed as one of the greatest movies ever made, but according to the new Rotten Tomatoes’ ranking, that crown is now held by a marmalade loving bear.

Until yesterday Citizen Kane held a 100% score on the Tomatometer which is based on critical ratings, but a recently dug up old review has changed everything.

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A review from 80 years ago published in The Chicago Tribune was recently discovered and uploaded to the site.

Titled ‘Citizen Kane Fails To Impress Critic As Greatest Ever Filmed’, the review described the Welles classic as: “It’s interesting. It’s different. In fact, it’s bizarre enough to become a museum piece. But its sacrifice of simplicity to eccentricity robs it of distinction and general entertainment.”


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Once added to the site Citizen Kane dropped to a 99% rating on the Tomatometer with one rotten review – the above from The Chicago Tribune.

This made way for the beloved Paddington 2 to take the top spot with its currently pristine 100% score on the Tomatometer without a singular rotten review.

There are other films on the site which are listed as being 100% fresh including The Terminator, 12 Angry Men and Toy Story, but hit 2017 sequel Paddington 2 claims the spot as it has the most consecutive positive reviews (a total of 244).


We hope Paddington is enjoying a very special marmalade sandwich to celebrate the sequel being now officially the best film ever!

Which is how it should be! As the little bear will say himself: “if we are kind and polite, the world will be right”.

Congratulations Paddington!

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Emily Murray

Emily Murray


Emily is a journalist and film critic who unashamedly cries at most movies having got too emotionally attached. When not at the cinema, she is at home cuddling her cat Holmes, whilst binge watching New Girl. She can be found on Twitter @emilyvmurray