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Albert Nobbs (2012)



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Five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close stars in this emotional and thought-provoking tale of a woman forced to live as a man in 19th Century Ireland. After thirty years of keeping up the charade, a new love threatens to destroy everything she's worked so hard to build.. -- (C) Roadside Attractionsmore
Rating: R (for some sexuality, brief nudity and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Glenn Close, Gabriella Prekop, John Banville, Gabrialla Prekop
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2012
Box Office: $3.0M
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Glenn Close
as Albert Nobbs
Pauline Collins
as Mrs. Baker
James Greene
as Patrick
Serena Brabazon
as Mrs. Moore
Phyllida Law
as Mrs. Cavendish
Judy Donovan
as Mme. Pigot
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as Viscount Yarrell
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
as Viscountess Yarrell
Emerald Fennell
as Mrs. Smythe-Willard
John Light
as Mr. Smythe-Willard
Daniel Costello
as Mr. Sweeney
Angeline Ball
as Mrs. Gilligan
Philip O'Sullivan
as Mr. Gilligan
Katie Long
as Young Kitchen Maid
Katie O'Brien
as Older Kitchen Maid
Rhys Burke
as George Moore
Lauren Kinsella
as Milly Moore
Katie Ann McDonough
as Laundry Maid
Cate MacGabhann
as Laundry Maid
Antoinette Healy
as Woman on Landau
Annie Starke
as Chocolate Shop Waitr...
Malcolm Blacow
as Health Official
Lily Melcher
as Country Girl
Lucie Melcher
as Country Girl
as Polly's Dog
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Critic Reviews for Albert Nobbs

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (39)

As the pinched, ever-wary, heartbreaking Nobbs, Close gives a tricky, high wire, award-worthy performance yet she commendably resists any temptation to be showy, campy or spectacular in the least.

Full Review… | August 5, 2015
Playboy Online

An unadventurous film that has only the smallest of fires in its belly.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

There's no contrived moralizing bridge to modern relevance, no overt nod to contemporary gender politics and no real reason why Close shouldn't get some respect this awards season.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

Close, in one of her greatest performances, is quiet, still, almost invisible to those around her. It's not a stunt or an impersonation, it's a perfect realization of what someone in her position might endure just to eat.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
Tribune News Service

Close's performance is no less sensational than Heath Ledger's as the close mouthed Ennis in Brokeback Mountain.

Full Review… | July 15, 2012
Knight at the Movies

One's admiration for Close's work becomes more for her versatility and fearlessness than a connection with the character she portrays.

Full Review… | July 2, 2012

Audience Reviews for Albert Nobbs


Glenn Close delivers a very solid performance, but this weak drama doesn't seem to know exactly what it wants to say, with an irregular story that wanders without a clear direction, giving in to a lot of expository dialogue and ending in an anticlimactic conclusion.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The raves about Glenn Close's performance are deserved, and this is in many ways an important story, but the film is unfortunately lifeless and the subplot's a real stinker. Almost a great movie, but not.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

There are many comparisons that I can make between this film and its predecessor, "Yentl." It does not have the same urgency as the Barbra Streisand classic, because the film doesn't adequately show the problems of being a woman. You can argue that Mia Wasikowska's character contrasts Albert, showing the role that Albert would have had to take in society if not for her cross-dressing, but her fate isn't shown until the very end of the film. In between we just get to know Albert, who seems more predatory and awkward than persecuted. Albert, as a character, is very interesting, but it takes a rather long time for us to find out why she is driven to do what she does, and who she is. In "Yentl" we know the stakes from the very beginning: that she cannot cope with the problems enforced against women, and so she rebels by cross-dressing. Nobbs' identity as a woman is witheld from the start of the film, which was interesting in concept, but it is not something that remains a large surprise for the audience, even if they're unaware of the pretext before viewing. Albert acts strange, hoards her money, talks to no one, and keeps pristine and pleasant in all situations. Instead of feeling that this is her moral code (to stay in character and one that has served her well) she has now identified as a gentleman. This is broken up in several instances, especially when we're introduced to her contemporary, Hubert (McTeer). That was a nice change of pace, and including that Hubert and her wife were very much in love makes the film feel more special in that regard. Still, there's very little that distinguishes this film from pure melodrama.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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