Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs

Glenn Close (Dangerous Liasons) dons a top hat in this drama about a woman posing as a male butler in 19th Century Ireland.

During an era where female independence was non-existent and discouraged, Albert Nobbs (Close) escapes a life of poverty and despair by disguising herself as a “himself.” However, she seeks to dismantle her 30-year façade after meeting a handsome painter. While trying to reconstruct an ordinary life, she acquires the company of a gorgeous young house maid (Mia Wasikowska, Jane Eyre), who has her own man-seeking agendas.

This is the third big-screen pairing of Glenn Close and director Rodrigo Garcia, the prior two being Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her and Nine Lives. Close, who also co-wrote the screenplay, originally played the role in a 1982 stage production.

2011Rating: M, contains nudity and sex scenes109 minsIreland
AdaptationDramaHistorical
Director:
Rodrigo García ('In Treatment', 'Nine Lives', 'Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her')
Writer:
Glenn GloseJohn Banville
Cast:
Glenn CloseMia WasikowskaAaron JohnsonBrendan GleesonJanet McTeer
44%
want to see

Reviews & comments

USA Today

USA Today

press

It's undeniably an impressive turn, if not one that truly captures our sympathies.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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. The rest of the film is a bit too decorous and tidy to count as a major revelation, but it dispenses satisfying doses of humor, pathos and surprise.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A gripping ensemble piece, good-humoured even at the end of its tether.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is a gripping ensemble piece, good-humoured even at the end of its tether.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This quietly devastating film goes bone-deep.

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This may be the actress' most finely articulated performance, and it is certainly the most difficult to watch.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

A damp little trifle, a sketchbook of gestures, a parade of period costumes and domestic details.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Much like a woman in man’s clothing: a diverting spectacle that fails to entirely convince.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Say this for Albert Nobbs: It's not some run-of-the-mill "life lived in service" drama.

0

Throughout the history of film the attributes of what makes an actress successful have gradually changed, there has been one constant however: Beauty. As far back as the pioneers of silent film beautiful woman have graced the silver screen. After all the beautiful actresses sell tickets don't they? Let's face it, men didn't flock in their millions to see...

3.0
0

Struggle to rate this one. Possibly to most wasteful couple of hours I've spent recently.

1.0
0

Hard luck to Glenn Close in a year that also sees Meryl Streep as Thatcher. Albert Nobbs is surely a story that bears telling. Homosexuality was just as prevalent then as now and what the heck did people do? Evidently lesbians regularly lived as men and married women who often claimed they never knew rather than incriminate themselves. Between Glenn Close's...

0
USA Today

USA Today

press

It's undeniably an impressive turn, if not one that truly captures our sympathies.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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. The rest of the film is a bit too decorous and tidy to count as a major revelation, but it dispenses satisfying doses of humor, pathos and surprise.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A gripping ensemble piece, good-humoured even at the end of its tether.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is a gripping ensemble piece, good-humoured even at the end of its tether.

4.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This quietly devastating film goes bone-deep.

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This may be the actress' most finely articulated performance, and it is certainly the most difficult to watch.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

A damp little trifle, a sketchbook of gestures, a parade of period costumes and domestic details.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Much like a woman in man’s clothing: a diverting spectacle that fails to entirely convince.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Say this for Albert Nobbs: It's not some run-of-the-mill "life lived in service" drama.

0

Throughout the history of film the attributes of what makes an actress successful have gradually changed, there has been one constant however: Beauty. As far back as the pioneers of silent film beautiful woman have graced the silver screen. After all the beautiful actresses sell tickets don't they? Let's face it, men didn't flock in their millions to...

3.0
0

Struggle to rate this one. Possibly to most wasteful couple of hours I've spent recently.

1.0
0

Hard luck to Glenn Close in a year that also sees Meryl Streep as Thatcher. Albert Nobbs is surely a story that bears telling. Homosexuality was just as prevalent then as now and what the heck did people do? Evidently lesbians regularly lived as men and married women who often claimed they never knew rather than incriminate themselves. Between Glenn...

0