Albert Nobbs Reviews

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Emma Dibdin
Little White Lies
April 26, 2012
At once stilted and melodramatic, this is a desperately ill-conceived adaptation of a fascinating story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 25, 2012
Resolutely downbeat, this tale of Victorian gender-bendering scores thanks to skilful performances, particularly from Close and McTeer, and a exhaustive attention to period detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
April 25, 2012
It's finely acted (both Close and McTeer were Oscar nominated) and McTeer brings some welcome heart and humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
April 25, 2012
Watchable drama enlivened by strong performances from both Glenn Close and Janet McTeer, though the story loses its way in the second half and fails to deliver the required emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 24, 2012
The grim, grey-hued result is about as far from contemporary drag chic as it's possible to get - appropriate for the subject matter, perhaps, but hardly the stuff of satisfying cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
April 23, 2012
This is a sad, sweet little film; well acted, and capable of striking a universal chord. After all, who doesn't use some level of impersonation in order to get by?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 23, 2012
Not only sad, sad, sad but dreary and unpleasant, peopled with largely unsympathetic characters but for McTeer, who is great.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Mottram
The List
April 18, 2012
While it's just the sort of film Hollywood likes to embrace, one can only imagine the horrific hash a studio would've made of telling this sensitively told tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Mueller
Total Film
April 16, 2012
Good performances, but it's difficult to give two hoots about Close's passion project when the story remains as pinched and hermetic as poor little Albert Nobbs himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
April 12, 2012
Even with a captivating, Oscar-nominated performance by the star, the servant remains inscrutable beneath that starched collar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
March 4, 2012
Awful, but memorable.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 3, 2012
Close's craft raises the saddest of stories to the level of art.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
February 3, 2012
Albert Nobbs is more a parable than a person, and Albert Nobbs plays out more closely to a fable than an authentic tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
February 3, 2012
The film surrounding the performance is not always as strong, but the centre holds, and magnificently so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 2, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
This strange film about a woman pretending to be a man in 19th Century Ireland has some surprising twists and turns in it and some very good performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2012
That the film manages to be touching without being maudlin, and to be smart without being mean-spirited, is perhaps what really seals the deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 2, 2012
Albert is at the heart of it all and we see her through her own prism of vulnerability, resulting in a very human story about the search for love, acceptance and understanding of the self.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
February 1, 2012
Bright, entertaining and touching, this re-uniting of collaborators sports lush sets and costumery and Oscar level acting by several of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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