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Albert Nobbs (2012)

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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
Rating:
R (for some sexuality, brief nudity and language)
Genre:
Drama
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Written By:
In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$3,014,541.00
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Cast

Glenn Close
as Albert Nobbs
Janet McTeer
as Hubert
Brendan Gleeson
as Holloran
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
as Viscount Yarrell
Pauline Collins
as Mrs. Baker
James Greene
as Patrick
Serena Brabazon
as Mrs. Moore
Bonnie McCormack
as Miss Shaw
Phyllida Law
as Mrs. Cavendish
Kenneth Collard
as M. Pigot
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
Mark Doherty
as Porter
Rhys Burke
as George Moore
Lauren Kinsella
as Milly Moore
Katie Ann McDonough
as Laundry Maid
Kathleen Warner Yates
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
Raul Riva
as Baby
Juno
as Polly's Dog
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Critic Reviews for Albert Nobbs

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (39)

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… | April 24, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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… | February 2, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A movie that, like its title character, never quite dares to let itself discover what it really wants to be.

Full Review… | January 30, 2012
Slate
Top Critic

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… | January 30, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

[A] strange, sad, mesmerizing little movie.

Full Review… | January 27, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Albert Nobbs

½

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

Super Reviewer

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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