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Albert Nobbs Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
February 3, 2012
The film surrounding the performance is not always as strong, but the centre holds, and magnificently so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 30, 2012
A movie that, like its title character, never quite dares to let itself discover what it really wants to be.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 30, 2012
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.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 27, 2012
[A] strange, sad, mesmerizing little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 27, 2012
"Albert Nobbs" is a film of great texture and tenderness, and the actors are a joy to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 27, 2012
[It] sneaks up on the audience with the quiet discretion of the enigmatic protagonist at its center. And, like him, it contains multitudes beneath its prim surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 27, 2012
[A] funny, sorrowful, richly layered and tremendously moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 26, 2012
Characters as out of touch and desperate as Albert Nobbs awaken an instinctive doubt and distrust in an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 26, 2012
Rodrigo Garcia [is] known for his female ensemble dramas but demonstrates no particular affinity for this material.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 26, 2012
It's a career-crowning role for Glenn Close. Too bad the film is such a drag.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2012
Notable performances by Glenn Close and Janet McTeer mark this carefully made but muted story of women passing as men in 19th-century Dublin.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 26, 2012
Men in drag are usually played for laughs. Women passing as men? Expect a tragic twist.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 26, 2012
It's a small, gentle film with wistful sadness peeking around its corners, and when it's over you may feel as if you want a little more, as if we're not much closer to understanding Albert than we were at the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
January 26, 2012
As an experiment in Academy Award psychology, "Albert Nobbs" is fascinating. As drama? It is, forgive us, a drag.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 26, 2012
Close's performance as this poor, wounded fellow resonates with depth and poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 26, 2012
There's an ache of regret that sets "Albert Nobbs'' apart. Everyone here yearns for what they can't get.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 26, 2012
This is a costume drama where the costume is the drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
January 26, 2012
With its unpredictable sexual politics and quirky little hero/heroine Albert Nobbs has the edge of quinine, a peculiar taste that won't entice everyone but worked for me.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 26, 2012
[Close gives] an intriguing performance, technically flawless, if by necessity distant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 26, 2012
"Albert Nobbs" is never less than a tidy feat - but never more than a shuttered window.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 26, 2012
This is such a brave performance by Glenn Close, who in making Albert so real, makes the character as pathetic and unlikable as she must have been in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 24, 2012
The point is to show the misery of a underprivileged woman ahead of her time, but so much dedication for such a small payoff makes you wonder why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 24, 2012
[A] trifling melodrama...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 23, 2012
"Albert Nobbs" is clearly Close's show - for better and for worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 23, 2012
Close resembles no man I've ever seen, or woman either. She's the personification of fear-the fear of being seen through, seen for what she is.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 4, 2012
I don't know why [Close is] keen to play such a recessive wisp of a man, but I admire how committed she is to her bowler hat.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 29, 2011
All of the red meat is just beneath the surface, occasionally poking through but mostly remaining buried.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 29, 2011
As directed with grit and grace by Rodrigo García, this quietly devastating film goes bone-deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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December 23, 2011
McTeer's sly, wise rendering of Hubert, a person every bit as battered by life as Albert has been, but with enough residual core and joie de vivre to reinvent himself on his own terms, picks out the meaning of Albert Nobbs.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2011
Nobbs is such a spectral presence that infusing any measure of life into this person is an insurmountable challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 21, 2011
The rest of the movie, sadly, can't live up to its leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 21, 2011
There is comedy in it. But mostly there's just a kind of soft, quiet sadness - about lives unlived, about chances lost, about loves forever unexpressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 20, 2011
Though this period drama is meant to be thought-provoking and prompt intriguing queries about gender, it leaves too many questions unanswered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
December 20, 2011
The result of [Close's] passion project? Getting to look like Bruce Jenner in a bowler and high starched collar.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 20, 2011
Ms. McTeer's sly, exuberant performance is a pure delight, and the counterpoint between her physical expressiveness and Ms. Close's tightly coiled reserve is a marvel to behold.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
December 20, 2011
Unfortunately, Albert is so good at being unobtrusive, he nearly disappears from his own story, making it hard for us to get invested in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 13, 2011
The problem with Albert Nobbs though is that it's hard to believe that the people around the heroine haven't figured her out yet. Even with prosthetics, Close isn't all that convincing as a man.
Full Review | Original Score: C