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Based on the short story by Irish author George Moore and nominated for 3 Academy Awards, ALBERT NOBBS is "a lovely and surprising move." (A.O. Scott, The New York Times) Award-winning actress Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) gives a "powerhouse performance" (New York Post) as a woman who passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making. Mia Wasikowska (Helen), Aaron Johnson (Joe) and Brendan Gleeson (Dr. Holloran) join a prestigious, international cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker and Pauline Collins.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 148
- Fresh: 82
- Rotten: 66
- Average Rating: 6.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: Characters as out of touch and desperate as Albert Nobbs awaken an instinctive doubt and distrust in an audience.
Fresh: [A] funny, sorrowful, richly layered and tremendously moving film.
Fresh: [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.
Fell for several hollywood tropes about gender
The movie tries to break boundaries, but in the end it falls for several classic Hollywood tropes:
dressing as the opposite gender = gay
gay women = horribly abused by men in childhood
Why is it that women posing as men always have to be abused as children in Hollywood movies? Back in the 19th century, wanting to live independently, own your own property, and get decent wages at cushier jobs would be enough incentive for some women to risk posing as men.
And why are all women dressing up as men lesbians? Despite what Hollywood would have you believe, in real life gender identity and orientation are two separate things. Or maybe Hollywood isn't ready to show a straight man wedded to an unfeminine woman?
Glen close and the rest of the cast were fantastic. But the movie became tiring as the inevitable tragedies and violence piled up on the leading ladies.
What an awesome movie. Sad sweet meaningful!
You must see it!
Better than the critics give it...
Once again, I wonder if the critics are seeing the same movie I just watched. This movie is a wonderfully acted portrayal of the 19th century Ireland when jobs were at a premium and women just didn't get paid well enough. Glenn Close is an amazing actress who pulls off the role of a man very nicely and portrays the role of a waiter flawlessly. The idea that women were basically third class citizens then and were driven to impersonate a man to get a job just to survive is unforgivable but a reminder that we aren't that far away from that standing nowadays.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2011
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