Albatross Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
February 29, 2012
There are dimensions to Emelia that are welcome, but often rudely condensed by director Niall McCormick, who burns through the picture in 85 minutes, never lingering long enough on domestic tension or behavioral awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Alan Bett
The Skinny
January 26, 2012
A serving of teenage angst with a side order of syrup which, like the films of John Hughes, treats both characters and audience with respect and affection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
January 20, 2012
Newcomer Brown Findlay brings some laughs and energy to an otherwise predictable tale of family strife that is modestly compelling but ultimately forgettable.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 12, 2012
Charmingly low-key, the British coming-of-age drama "Albatross" offsets slack plotting with creative casting and sensitive performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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January 12, 2012
The lack of subtlety makes the story's familiar beats only more obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
January 12, 2012
The performances are compelling (although Jones is underused) but the thin narrative is less instructive of the strange way female friendships operate than of the way stories get recycled.
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
January 10, 2012
Albatross shifts from indie fairy tale to farce, only to accept its fate as a coming-of-age melodrama.
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David Fear
Time Out
January 10, 2012
Innocence is lost -- as well as 90 minutes of your precious, precious time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
January 8, 2012
Yes, the title of Albatross is a metaphor. In fact, the eponymous bird shows up not as a figurative chokehold around the neck of simply one character, but at least three.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 20, 2011
Beautifully filmed and acted, but lacking a central perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 19, 2011
German star Koch (The Lives of Others) has a Burton-lite intensity, with Julia Ormond well cast as his wife and Beth's mother.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
October 18, 2011
A startling performace from Findlay doesn't quite make up for a disappointing third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2011
Brown Findlay is Wish You Were Here's Lloyd in spirit, passion and razor-sharp wit, but with far more, darker layers to her character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 16, 2011
Heavy-handed and unconvincing, it's Fawlty Towers without the jokes.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
October 14, 2011
Niall MacCormick's debut feature has a puppyish eagerness that doesn't quite deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
October 13, 2011
A little too neat and obvious for its own good but the sassy wit of the dialogue is fun and Findlay is a rising star.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
October 13, 2011
Predictable and too much like Wish You Were Here, My Summer Of Love and An Education, all of which were stronger; but the performances are modestly engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 13, 2011
It's an interesting premise; though despite being evidently autobiographical in origin, the fictional treatment has made it look sentimental and unreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
October 13, 2011
A coming-of-age and end-of-marriage story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
October 13, 2011
Strong performances give wings to a featherweight story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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