Albert Nobbs 2012

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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In 19th-century Ireland, painfully shy butler Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) hides an incredible secret: He is really a she. Terrified that someone will discover her identity, Albert keeps a very low profile, until the arrival of Hubert Page (Janet McTeer) registers a sea change in Albert's life. Hubert is also secretly a woman and has managed to find a partner who helps her maintain her masquerade. Hoping to find a similar arrangement, Albert begins wooing a hotel maid (Mia Wasikowska).

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  • 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
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