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The second Mrs. de Winter is a shy and naive young woman, besotted with charming and urbane Maxim de Winter. They meet and fall in love while vacationing on the Riviera, and after a speedy marriage, return to Maxim's vast English estate, Manderly. His wife is introduced to an army of servants who immediately, if subtly, display hostility towards her, as they all adored Rebecca, Max's first wife, whose death is shrouded in mystery. As the servants become more hostile, the second wife grows more fearful, until she eventually learns the secret of what really happened to Rebecca.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This time Hitchcock does it all his way, does a splendid job and has a splendid cast to do it with."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Hitchcock shows superb technical control and attends to his trademark motifs, from monstrous mother figures to the fetishisation of clothing."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood film is a sumptuous and suspenseful adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's romantic novel."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Let's take a moment to talk about water."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The real show-stopper remains Judith Anderson's formidable turn as Mrs. Danvers."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"One of the finest productional efforts of the past year."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"An altogether brilliant film, haunting, suspenseful, handsome and handsomely played."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Self-consciously prestigious literary filmmaking... more in line with the producer's career than the director's."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"a clever mix of fancy drama and suspense"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Excellent, but may be too long and moody for kids."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"Through its first two-thirds it is as perfect a myth of adolescence as any of the Disney films, documenting the childlike, nameless heroine's initiation into the adult mysteries of sex, death, and identity."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The result exhibits that the director is capable of a range few would credit him with."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's an elegant production, beautifully photographed and designed like a dream house shrouded in mourning, but it also favors the pictorial over the cinematic and surface over subtext."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"While the film offers no overt violence or thrills, it is a model of sustained mystery and eerie suspense."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Both a tender gothic romance and a haunting ghost story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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