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Rebecca (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Ben Wheatley's Rebecca remake is ravishing to behold, but it never quite gets to the heart of the classic source material -- or truly justifies its own existence.

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After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband's imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim's first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley's sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas). Directed by Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Free Fire) and produced by Working Title Films (Emma, Darkest Hour), REBECCA is a mesmerising and gorgeously rendered psychological thriller based on Daphne du Maurier's beloved 1938 gothic novel.

Cast

Lily James
as Mrs. de Winter
Armie Hammer
as Maxim de Winter
Keeley Hawes
as Beatrice Lacy
Ann Dowd
as Mrs. Van Hopper
Sam Riley
as Jack Favell
Tom Goodman-Hill
as Frank Crawley
Mark Lewis Jones
as Inspector Welch
Bill Paterson
as Dr. Baker
Lucy Russell
as Clementine Whitney
Toby Sauerback
as Coroner's Policeman
Julian Ferro
as Stable boy
John Macneill
as Gawker #2
Paul Gregory
as Villager
Robert Irons
as News Reporter
Keith Lomas
as Footman
Chris Bearne
as Gawker#1
David Appleton
as Night Watchman
Kevin Nolan
as Fisherman
Tony Bligh
as Young Reporter
Jamie Vaughan
as Reporter (uncredited)
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All Critics (225) | Top Critics (54)

This is a melodramatic tale of class disparity and imposter syndrome and compulsive jealousy and explosive fury, and the execution here is just ... tepid. Lukewarm.

December 7, 2020 | Full Review…
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Overall, it's a highly polished and consistently enjoyable watch that feels a little hemmed in by convention.

November 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This dreary, garish take on Rebecca never justifies its presence.

November 11, 2020 | Rating: 2/5

A work of fierce interiority has been turned into a hollow exercise in exteriority.

October 30, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The rest is a bit of a damp squib.

October 27, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Everyone behaves themselves in this "Rebecca," whereas the point of the book and the first movie is that our worst behavior is always floating just below the waterline, ready to bob to the surface at the wrong moment.

October 25, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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