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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    As directed with grit and grace by Rodrigo García, this quietly devastating film goes bone-deep. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Though the movie drips and aches with good intentions, I do wonder how lesbians may feel about seeing lesbianism presented as a mere traumatized distortion of female heterosexuality. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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 flesh-and-blood human, playing her emotions so close to the vest that it's hard to care about this stoic character. show more

  • 30
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    As an experiment in Academy Award psychology, Albert Nobbs is fascinating. As drama? It is, forgive us, a drag. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Albert Nobbs is a quiet, minor-key work. The period finery is Masterpiece Classics-y, the parade of upper-crust and lower-tier eccentrics predictable. But Close's performance as this poor, wounded fellow resonates with depth and poignancy. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Close and McTeer, an evenly matched odd-couple pairing, keep it real. They do the heavy lifting, and are utterly enchanting, whether in bonnets or boots. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Rodrigo Garcia's film only intermittently surmounts the limitations of the central character's parched emotional existence and restricted horizons, and the resolutions to some principal dramatic lines seem rather too easy. show more

  • 65
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    As Mr. Albert Nobbs, Close wears a discreetly waved cap of cropped ginger hair and the bright, blank expression of a small animal caught mid-nibble. show more

  • 80
    Ella Taylor NPR

    I'm pretty sure that the terrific British actress Janet McTeer never meant to act Close out of every frame they share, but she surely does as Hubert, a cheerful bruiser who brings his own secrets to the party, as well as a monumentally fake broken nose, a kind heart and a practical gift for converting adversity to advantage. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Most movies about people passing themselves off as the opposite sex can't sustain the illusion, but "Nobbs" does. show more

  • August 13, 2012 tv00000000127518
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    From the mezmerizing period piece to the Victorian social restrictions and it\'s hypocracy with all the elegant trappings of the privileged served by the underprivleged, I found all aspects of this film to be enthralling and fascinating. The children ************** ogled the character Albert Nobbs with apparent recognition of his true gender as well as the suspicious looks ascance at Hubert later in the film in addition to the amoral apiraions of Albert\'s romantic interest\'s lover, Joe. The dynamics created a heartwrenching tale of urequited love only gained posthumously. Albert\'s loss and abuses that led to a lifetime of secrecy and servitude came to a devastating end only made bearable by the character Hubert, whose gender bending portrayal vacillated between the vuluptious sensuality of fabulous Janet McTeer\'s combination of feminine vulnerabilty and courage to risk living as man to have the freedoms granted only to men. it is a must see for any film lover\'s library.

  • May 22, 2012 jackd1207
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    Entertaining in the oddest way. A slice of life in England in the very early 1800s with a LGBT message.

  • May 18, 2012 Diane
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    The acting is brilliant but I seriously question the historic reality of this film. It is just another - not so thinly vailed - attempt to legitimize lesbianism.

  • March 02, 2012 smt2450
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    Glenn Close was amazing and so believable in her role as a tortured sole. The ease at which she is able to go through life as a man, unrealized by others, made me wonder how often men and or women had to resort to such ends in order to survive. Though terribly sad, the end actually held out a strand of hope.

  • February 20, 2012 jomarart1
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    Great story based on women\'s history in the 19th century. Glenn Close is a marvelous actor who displays great dramatic ability in this role as well a sympathetic approach to the characters.

  • February 15, 2012 davheefn
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    ALBERT NOBBS is a good film. It should have been an excellent film. The first 45 minutes are magical, than plot cliches start and things go down hill. The ending is especially limp. The acting is wonderful.

  • February 07, 2012 Margaret Opine
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    AFTER READING THE POSTS HERE ...I want to say: ALBERT NOBBS is for mature audiences; it is not a young adult film unless those young adults like literature, good storytelling and absolute presence and absorption by the script and the characters. This film puts human dignity, love and intregrity on a nice, quiet, decent, engaging, desperate but ambitious, hopeful level. The characters are real people. The details are in the script and Glenn Close is just amazing and stunning as Albert Nobbs but so is the co-star Ms. Janet Mc Teer. Every performance in the movie was on key. Every delivery just excellent. I can see this being done on Broadway as well. I will have this in my video library. It is memorable and hopeful. I have been looking forward to a movie like this just to remind me of the kind of classic work that Hollywood can do when money is not the top priority. (The theme is British but it will be liked by everyone.) BRAVO everyone. BRAVO. --Margaret Opine

  • January 31, 2012 hhirock
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    This movie was a real SNORE, It was too long with very scant storyline. A woman cross dresses as a male waiter for the better part of his sad life. There is another woman who is doing the same thing but she has a life. I kept waiting for something to happen to bring this sad sack character to life but it never did. Close is such a wonderful actress but this part must have just been a quick way to make some fast cash because it was just STUPID. Word of mouth will have this on Red Box in a couple of weeks.

  • January 29, 2012 sgm400
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    Totally enjoyed Close as Nobbs ... exceptional performance

  • January 28, 2012 liaezon
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    I really wanted to see this film. Unfortunately I fell asleep, as did others, during it for a spell. It is so slow moving and long, albeit interesting and Glen Close does a marvelous job of acting. The whole show is very well acted, and the story is interesting, but boring and predictable. I watch a lot of the English films and love them, but not this one. I almost left I was so bored but kept thinking it was at the end, but alas it went on. 2 stars for the acting.

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