It didn't perturb me, make me feel something or open my mind open.... Perhaps because I'm not a US citizen and we don't have the same issues... perhaps because the movie answer old questions than I don't care about... perhaps because i didn't get it... For me is just noisy, uninteresting and in a way predictable. It's perhaps good in use of some technical trick.
that's actually a rhetorical question but well, it's nice seeing someone responded. I'm not a US citizen myself. the technique and cinematography alone is enough to take my breath away and make my jaw drop. and the story, well, it's not a nonstop engaging drama but enough to have made me cry at the end, so that's a big plus.
Actually that's not how acting was in that era. There were lots of very well acted films. The acting in CItizen Kane ranges from o.k. to appalling. Many of the supposed stylistic breakthroughs were made by Renoir and even before that by Russian directors. And the story is grandiose but crumbles under its own pretensions to making great art. The camera work is great and it's extremely inventive, but to give something 5 stars the acting should be at least credible.