Albert Nobbs


Albert Nobbs

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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 (155) | Top Critics (44)

  • 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

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.

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Glenn Close delivers a very solid performance, but this weak drama doesn't seem to know exactly what it wants to say, with an irregular story that wanders without a clear direction, giving in to a lot of expository dialogue and ending in an anticlimactic conclusion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

There are many comparisons that I can make between this film and its predecessor, "Yentl." It does not have the same urgency as the Barbra Streisand classic, because the film doesn't adequately show the problems of being a woman. You can argue that Mia Wasikowska's character contrasts Albert, showing the role that Albert would have had to take in society if not for her cross-dressing, but her fate isn't shown until the very end of the film. In between we just get to know Albert, who seems more predatory and awkward than persecuted. Albert, as a character, is very interesting, but it takes a rather long time for us to find out why she is driven to do what she does, and who she is. In "Yentl" we know the stakes from the very beginning: that she cannot cope with the problems enforced against women, and so she rebels by cross-dressing. Nobbs' identity as a woman is witheld from the start of the film, which was interesting in concept, but it is not something that remains a large surprise for the audience, even if they're unaware of the pretext before viewing. Albert acts strange, hoards her money, talks to no one, and keeps pristine and pleasant in all situations. Instead of feeling that this is her moral code (to stay in character and one that has served her well) she has now identified as a gentleman. This is broken up in several instances, especially when we're introduced to her contemporary, Hubert (McTeer). That was a nice change of pace, and including that Hubert and her wife were very much in love makes the film feel more special in that regard. Still, there's very little that distinguishes this film from pure melodrama.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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