• 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

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
Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
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The film surrounding the performance is not always as strong, but the centre holds, and magnificently so.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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A movie that, like its title character, never quite dares to let itself discover what it really wants to be.

Full Review Source: Slate

January 30, 2012
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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What you feel, watching Close, is not that you are watching gender being bent into new, absorbing shapes but that you might as well have stayed home and leafed through a book on Magritte.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 30, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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[A] strange, sad, mesmerizing little movie.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Albert Nobbs" is a film of great texture and tenderness, and the actors are a joy to behold.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

January 27, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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[It] sneaks up on the audience with the quiet discretion of the enigmatic protagonist at its center. And, like him, it contains multitudes beneath its prim surface.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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[A] funny, sorrowful, richly layered and tremendously moving film.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 27, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Characters as out of touch and desperate as Albert Nobbs awaken an instinctive doubt and distrust in an audience.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 26, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Rodrigo Garcia [is] known for his female ensemble dramas but demonstrates no particular affinity for this material.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 26, 2012
Peter Debruge
Variety
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It's a career-crowning role for Glenn Close. Too bad the film is such a drag.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 26, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Notable performances by Glenn Close and Janet McTeer mark this carefully made but muted story of women passing as men in 19th-century Dublin.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 26, 2012
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Men in drag are usually played for laughs. Women passing as men? Expect a tragic twist.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

January 26, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's a small, gentle film with wistful sadness peeking around its corners, and when it's over you may feel as if you want a little more, as if we're not much closer to understanding Albert than we were at the beginning.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2012
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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As an experiment in Academy Award psychology, "Albert Nobbs" is fascinating. As drama? It is, forgive us, a drag.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 26, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Close's performance as this poor, wounded fellow resonates with depth and poignancy.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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There's an ache of regret that sets "Albert Nobbs'' apart. Everyone here yearns for what they can't get.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This is a costume drama where the costume is the drama.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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With its unpredictable sexual politics and quirky little hero/heroine Albert Nobbs has the edge of quinine, a peculiar taste that won't entice everyone but worked for me.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 26, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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[Close gives] an intriguing performance, technically flawless, if by necessity distant.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Albert Nobbs" is never less than a tidy feat - but never more than a shuttered window.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 26, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is such a brave performance by Glenn Close, who in making Albert so real, makes the character as pathetic and unlikable as she must have been in life.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The point is to show the misery of a underprivileged woman ahead of her time, but so much dedication for such a small payoff makes you wonder why.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

January 24, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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[A] trifling melodrama...

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

January 24, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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"Albert Nobbs" is clearly Close's show - for better and for worse.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

January 23, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Close resembles no man I've ever seen, or woman either. She's the personification of fear-the fear of being seen through, seen for what she is.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 23, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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I don't know why [Close is] keen to play such a recessive wisp of a man, but I admire how committed she is to her bowler hat.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 4, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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As directed with grit and grace by Rodrigo García, this quietly devastating film goes bone-deep.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

December 29, 2011
Ella Taylor
NPR
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McTeer's sly, wise rendering of Hubert, a person every bit as battered by life as Albert has been, but with enough residual core and joie de vivre to reinvent himself on his own terms, picks out the meaning of Albert Nobbs.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 23, 2011
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
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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There is comedy in it. But mostly there's just a kind of soft, quiet sadness - about lives unlived, about chances lost, about loves forever unexpressed.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though this period drama is meant to be thought-provoking and prompt intriguing queries about gender, it leaves too many questions unanswered.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 20, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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The result of [Close's] passion project? Getting to look like Bruce Jenner in a bowler and high starched collar.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 20, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Ms. McTeer's sly, exuberant performance is a pure delight, and the counterpoint between her physical expressiveness and Ms. Close's tightly coiled reserve is a marvel to behold.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 20, 2011
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Unfortunately, Albert is so good at being unobtrusive, he nearly disappears from his own story, making it hard for us to get invested in it.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 20, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club
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The problem with Albert Nobbs though is that it's hard to believe that the people around the heroine haven't figured her out yet. Even with prosthetics, Close isn't all that convincing as a man.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

September 13, 2011
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