Albert Nobbs


Albert Nobbs

Critics Consensus

Albert Nobbs tells a worthy story with an outstanding performance at its core, even if the end result is often somewhat less than the sum of its admirable parts.



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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 Attractions

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Glenn Close
as Albert Nobbs
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as Viscount Yarrell
Pauline Collins
as Mrs. Baker
James Greene
as Patrick
Serena Brabazon
as Mrs. Moore
Phyllida Law
as Mrs. Cavendish
Judy Donovan
as Mme. Pigot
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 Waitress
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 (156) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (87) | Rotten (69)

  • Here's a film that looks good, has production values to die for and an all-star cast who mostly make their mark.

    Apr 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a film whose unrelaxed body language screams: "Give me prizes!"

    Apr 26, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • At once stilted and melodramatic, this is a desperately ill-conceived adaptation of a fascinating story.

    Apr 26, 2012 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Apr 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film surrounding the performance is not always as strong, but the centre holds, and magnificently so.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Albert Nobbs

  • Aug 23, 2017
    Albert Nobbs is nothing less than a deeply saddening but intriguing film. Glenn Close once again proves her versatility and emotional graciousness that she attacks each character with. It's an obvious movie that requires little brain power but if it strikes a nerve with You, as it did with me, then you'll appreciate what was achieved.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2014
    This is a captivating film if you like period dramas and enjoy thinking about life "below stairs". It is set in a hotel in 19th century Ireland. Glenn Close's character is a woman who has been living as a man for thirty years. It is a brave performance. You get the sense that this character believes love is only a business transaction, and she doesn't really understand what goes on between men and women. However, she is also lonely. I was not entirely convinced that this character hated playing the part of a man. This is a strange, sad movie.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2014
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2014
    After the underrated drama <i>Mother and Child</i> (2009), Colombian director Rodrigo García explores alternative choices. The fact that he maintained the same degree of quality adapting new material is a sign of two possibilities: a) He is trying to find his directorial signature. b) He is <b>not</b> an uncommitted film-maker. In this new delivery set in 19th Century Ireland, a time and place in which women had nule personal development possibilities to have an independent existece, legendary actress Glenn Close shines in a brutally compelling performance, taking a mature story to new heights. The movie deals with deep emotional themes that might be difficult to understand or empathize with for some people, because we are talking about entirely different life conditions. However, we also are talking about a situation of sexism and chauvinism that makes modern times stink even today. From that point of view, our current situation is a tragedy in the same way the film becomes one. It should definitely be seen despite my rating and despite some points of improvement yet to be checked my García. <i>Albert Nobbs</i> never deserved this lack of attention/popularity. 66/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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