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Albert Nobbs Reviews

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Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online
August 5, 2015
As the pinched, ever-wary, heartbreaking Nobbs, Close gives a tricky, high wire, award-worthy performance yet she commendably resists any temptation to be showy, campy or spectacular in the least.
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
An unadventurous film that has only the smallest of fires in its belly.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
There's no contrived moralizing bridge to modern relevance, no overt nod to contemporary gender politics and no real reason why Close shouldn't get some respect this awards season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 3, 2013
Close, in one of her greatest performances, is quiet, still, almost invisible to those around her. It's not a stunt or an impersonation, it's a perfect realization of what someone in her position might endure just to eat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
July 15, 2012
Close's performance is no less sensational than Heath Ledger's as the close mouthed Ennis in Brokeback Mountain.
Michael Dequina
July 2, 2012
One's admiration for Close's work becomes more for her versatility and fearlessness than a connection with the character she portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Danny Minton
Fort Bend Sun
May 15, 2012
Glenn Close does her best Clay Aiken impression as she pretends to be a male butler in 19th century Ireland.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

May 2, 2012
File under interesting failure, although with three Oscar nominations (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Costume), there must surely be people out there somewhere convinced by this relentlessly tasteful affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 30, 2012
Glenn Close's character couldn't be more buttoned-up, but beneath the reserve she conveys a lifetime of loneliness, hurt and quiet heartache.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
...Academy-Award nominated performances might be reason enough to see Albert Nobbs
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 28, 2012
McTeer's performance is one of the most convincing of its kind I've ever seen.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 27, 2012
Thee finished work appears fatally stranded between feminist polemic and accidental magic realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 27, 2012
Here's a film that looks good, has production values to die for and an all-star cast who mostly make their mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Liverpool Echo
April 27, 2012
It's a virtuoso portrayal and any hints of femininity vanish completely in Close's intense, studied portrayal.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
April 26, 2012
It's Mrs Doubtfire without knobs on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 26, 2012
Looking like a cross between Dublin-born Wilfrid Brambell's Steptoe, Robin Williams and Jamie Bell, it's an extraordinary performance, requiring little dialogue for us to see the pain deep in his/her soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
April 26, 2012
It's a film whose unrelaxed body language screams: "Give me prizes!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 26, 2012
For all its gender-bending intrigue, this is a cataclysmically sexless film: seldom has drag felt like such a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 26, 2012
The movie is sometimes charged with real tension and passion. And yet Close as Nobbs is an absence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2012
It is a million miles away from the frizzy haired bunny-boiling vixen of Fatal Attraction but every bit as disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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