The film surrounding the performance is not always as strong, but the centre holds, and magnificently so.
-Kate TaylorFull Review
Albert is at the heart of it all and we see her through her own prism of vulnerability, resulting in a very human story about the search for love, acceptance and understanding of the self.
-Linda BarnardFull Review
A movie that, like its title character, never quite dares to let itself discover what it really wants to be.
-Dana StevensFull Review
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 LaneFull Review
[A] strange, sad, mesmerizing little movie.
-Connie OgleFull Review
"Albert Nobbs" is a film of great texture and tenderness, and the actors are a joy to behold.
-Tom LongFull Review
[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 HornadayFull Review
[A] funny, sorrowful, richly layered and tremendously moving film.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
Characters as out of touch and desperate as Albert Nobbs awaken an instinctive doubt and distrust in an audience.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
Rodrigo Garcia [is] known for his female ensemble dramas but demonstrates no particular affinity for this material.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
It's a career-crowning role for Glenn Close. Too bad the film is such a drag.
-Peter DebrugeFull Review
Notable performances by Glenn Close and Janet McTeer mark this carefully made but muted story of women passing as men in 19th-century Dublin.
-Todd McCarthyFull Review
Men in drag are usually played for laughs. Women passing as men? Expect a tragic twist.
-Chris VognarFull Review
It's a small, gentle film with wistful sadness peeking around its corners, and when it's over you may feel as if you want a little more, as if we're not much closer to understanding Albert than we were at the beginning.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
As an experiment in Academy Award psychology, "Albert Nobbs" is fascinating. As drama? It is, forgive us, a drag.
-John AndersonFull Review
Close's performance as this poor, wounded fellow resonates with depth and poignancy.
-Steven ReaFull Review
There's an ache of regret that sets "Albert Nobbs'' apart. Everyone here yearns for what they can't get.
-Ty BurrFull Review
This is a costume drama where the costume is the drama.
-Colin CovertFull Review
With its unpredictable sexual politics and quirky little hero/heroine Albert Nobbs has the edge of quinine, a peculiar taste that won't entice everyone but worked for me.
-Mary F. PolsFull Review
[Close gives] an intriguing performance, technically flawless, if by necessity distant.
-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review
This is such a brave performance by Glenn Close, who in making Albert so real, makes the character as pathetic and unlikable as she must have been in life.
-Roger EbertFull Review
The point is to show the misery of a underprivileged woman ahead of her time, but so much dedication for such a small payoff makes you wonder why.
-Rex ReedFull Review
"Albert Nobbs" is clearly Close's show - for better and for worse.
-Christy LemireFull Review
Close resembles no man I've ever seen, or woman either. She's the personification of fear-the fear of being seen through, seen for what she is.
-David EdelsteinFull Review
I don't know why [Close is] keen to play such a recessive wisp of a man, but I admire how committed she is to her bowler hat.
-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review
All of the red meat is just beneath the surface, occasionally poking through but mostly remaining buried.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
As directed with grit and grace by Rodrigo Garcia, this quietly devastating film goes bone-deep.
-Peter TraversFull Review
McTeer's sly, wise rendering of Hubert, a person every bit as battered by life as Albert has been, but with enough residual core and joie de vivre to reinvent himself on his own terms, picks out the meaning of Albert Nobbs.
-Ella TaylorFull Review