Albert Nobbs Synopsis
A woman (Glenn Close) poses as a man to survive in 19th-century Ireland.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
As directed with grit and grace by Rodrigo García, this quietly devastating film goes bone-deep.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As the title character in Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close skulks through Edwardian-era Dublin like a eunuch on a stealth mission.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Albert Nobbs is a quiet, minor-key work. The period finery is Masterpiece Classics-y, the parade of upper-crust and lower-tier eccentrics...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Close's passion for the character she plays - 
a role, she has explained in interviews, that has absorbed her since she first played...
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By Michelle Orange
As Mr. Albert Nobbs, Close wears a discreetly waved cap of cropped ginger hair and the bright, blank expression of a small animal caught...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film never gets to the heart of Nobbs - a woman who lives as a man. She comes across as more of a sad, clownish figure than a...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Rodrigo Garcia's film only intermittently surmounts the limitations of the central character's parched emotional existence and restricted...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Though the movie drips and aches with good intentions, I do wonder how lesbians may feel about seeing lesbianism presented as a mere...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Close and McTeer, an evenly matched odd-couple pairing, keep it real. They do the heavy lifting, and are utterly enchanting, whether in...
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Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
As an experiment in Academy Award psychology, Albert Nobbs is fascinating. As drama? It is, forgive us, a drag.
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By himj
To tell you the truth, I dont know what to think about this movie. I understood the plot, I just did not understand who Albert was? The actors were excellent....

Glenn Close gives a powerful yet understated performance

By Escapeforamoment
So convincing as a man Albert Nobbs looked like a man in drag when given the opportunity to dress in ladies attire. A story of survival with an eye towards improving in the slightest one's quality...

Albert Nobss timeless

By hrhkurt
This movie touches you on so many different levels. Its great cinematography, gripping story and excellent acting make it one of this years best movies. Glen Close is completely beilievable as...

Good Movie with a good story.

By buffetfan1102
Glenn Cloe was super. I hope she wins best actress. Good story. A movie you would enjoy. Although I thought her identity would be more of conversation in the movie....

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By henryanne
The film was very sensitive, thought provoking and gripping. Very adult subject matter but extremely well done with outstanding acting, setting and cinamatography. An extraordinary film!...

An Odd But Worthwhile Gender Confused Character Study.

By Alon Patterson
This is one of those eclectic films which barely appeals to an exhibition audience large enough to justify more than just a few screens. In other words, it's definitely not for everyone. Ms. Close...

It was really good.

By HairDaryl
This movie was really great, if you like period pieces (which I do). My only complaint is... it was not at all what the trailers made it seem like it was about. So much more to it than that. Then...

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By tamikenyon
I really liked the film. I thought Glen Close was terrific! I loved the costumes and the period sets used in the movie. Great story line. Moving, funny, heartbreaking, poignant scenes! My only...

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By superracer
Not a movie for everyone. If you enjoy superb acting, with little bit of humor, some drama sprinkled in, some periods of sadness and good character studies in a period piece, you will thoroughly...

this is a must see movie

By shah11417
one of the best movies so far..glenn close's performance was stellar. She was so convincing that you forgot that she was a female living as a man. she should win best actress for this role....

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Rated R | For Some sexuality, brief nudity and language
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