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Albert Nobbs

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Rodrigo Garcia

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About the Movie

Nominated for 3 Academy Awards®, this powerful and poignant film stars Glenn Close as a woman who poses as a man in order to work and survive in repressive 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, "Albert" must find a way to free herself from a prison of her own making in this elegantly told dramatic tale featuring a talented international cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricke, and Pauline Collins.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 150
  • Fresh: 85
  • Rotten: 65
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's a career-crowning role for Glenn Close. Too bad the film is such a drag. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Jan 26, 2012

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. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Jan 30, 2012

Fresh: [A] funny, sorrowful, richly layered and tremendously moving film. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Jan 27, 2012

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. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jan 27, 2012

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Customer Reviews

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.

Albert Nobbs
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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