• R, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Rodrigo García
    In Theaters:
    Jan 27, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 15, 2012
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Albert Nobbs Reviews

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Thee finished work appears fatally stranded between feminist polemic and accidental magic realism.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 27, 2012
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

Close never provides an entry point into the soul of this complex (and otherwise nameless) person, making it harder and harder to view the character as sympathetic.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 20, 2011
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

Sadly, great performances do not a great film make.

Full Review Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis | Original Score: 2/5

January 29, 2012
Simon Miraudo

Albert Nobbs isn't exactly offensive or discriminatory; it just dances around all the interesting sexual politics at its core and is content to be a totally by-the-numbers period piece. A singular movie, this ain't.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 18, 2011
Emma Dibdin
Little White Lies

At once stilted and melodramatic, this is a desperately ill-conceived adaptation of a fascinating story.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

April 26, 2012
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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 Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2012
Steve Newall

Albert Nobbs ends up being little more than a play on screen.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

January 5, 2012
Glenn Dunks

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

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The upstairs/downstairs drama is mediocre (although enlivened whenever Brendan Gleeson shows up as a randy doctor), and the unconvincing premise only drags it down further.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

January 25, 2012
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

Awful, but memorable.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

March 4, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Nobbs is so closed-off, so understated, that we're never given a chance to empathize with or understand him ... The movie is as unrealized and unexpressed as its protagonist.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C-

January 27, 2012
James Berardinelli
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All of the red meat is just beneath the surface, occasionally poking through but mostly remaining buried.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 29, 2011
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

The film was adapted from a short story, and perhaps a short story it should have stayed.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

December 15, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The creamy, handsome look of "Albert Nobbs" matches Close's work, but the film falls short in most other aspects.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

January 26, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

For all its gender-bending intrigue, this is a cataclysmically sexless film: seldom has drag felt like such a drag.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

April 26, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Nobbs is such a spectral presence that infusing any measure of life into this person is an insurmountable challenge.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 22, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Although it strives for bigger things, Albert Nobbs proves itself to be a diluted and bland exploration into transgender survival in conservative Ireland, headlined by Glenn Close's vain gender bending performance.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 12, 2012
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

There is such an interesting subject but the creation of this character, played by Glenn Close, it's almost like she is mentally challenged.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2011
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

April 24, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The rest of the movie, sadly, can't live up to its leads.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

December 21, 2011
Frank Wilkins
Frank's Reel Reviews
January 31, 2012
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
December 23, 2011
Leonard Maltin
March 10, 2012
Neil Rosen
February 3, 2012
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 16, 2012
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
May 8, 2012

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May 11, 2012
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