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Albatross Reviews

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Alan Bett
The Skinny

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 Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Charmingly low-key, the British coming-of-age drama "Albatross" offsets slack plotting with creative casting and sensitive performances.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 12, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Beautifully filmed and acted, but lacking a central perspective.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

October 20, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

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 Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

October 19, 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 Source: Real.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 16, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Heavy-handed and unconvincing, it's Fawlty Towers without the jokes.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 16, 2011
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

October 13, 2011
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

Strong performances give wings to a featherweight story.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

October 13, 2011
Kevin Harley
Total Film

A bristling breakout turn leavens tired material in Niall MacCormick's coming-of-anger.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

October 13, 2011
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Hugely enjoyable, frequently funny British coming-of-age drama with a sharply written script, a nice sense of location, a superb supporting cast and a star-making turn from Jessica Brown Findlay.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 12, 2011
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C

February 29, 2012
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

Newcomer Brown Findlay brings some laughs and energy to an otherwise predictable tale of family strife that is modestly compelling but ultimately forgettable.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

January 20, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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The lack of subtlety makes the story's familiar beats only more obvious.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 4.5/10

January 12, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 12, 2012
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Albatross shifts from indie fairy tale to farce, only to accept its fate as a coming-of-age melodrama.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 10, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Innocence is lost -- as well as 90 minutes of your precious, precious time.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

January 8, 2012

Empire Magazine

A startling performace from Findlay doesn't quite make up for a disappointing third act.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2011
Anthony Quinn
Independent

Niall MacCormick's debut feature has a puppyish eagerness that doesn't quite deliver.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

October 14, 2011
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

October 13, 2011
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