Albatross (2012)

Directed by BAFTA-nominated Niall MacCormick (Margaret Thatcher: The Long Road to Finchley), Albatross is a funny and moving coming-of-age story starring Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others, Black Book), Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction),… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Charmingly low-key, the British coming-of-age drama "Albatross" offsets slack plotting with creative casting and sensitive performances.

Michelle Orange
Village Voice

Albatross shifts from indie fairy tale to farce, only to accept its fate as a coming-of-age melodrama.

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Alan Bett
The Skinny

A serving of teenage angst with a side order of syrup which, like the films of John Hughes, treats both characters and audience with respect and affection.

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Ian Buckwalter

The lack of subtlety makes the story's familiar beats only more obvious.

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David Fear
Time Out

Innocence is lost -- as well as 90 minutes of your precious, precious time.

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Todd Jorgenson

Newcomer Brown Findlay brings some laughs and energy to an otherwise predictable tale of family strife that is modestly compelling but ultimately forgettable.

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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine

The performances are compelling (although Jones is underused) but the thin narrative is less instructive of the strange way female friendships operate than of the way stories get recycled.

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Brian Orndorf

There are dimensions to Emelia that are welcome, but often rudely condensed by director Niall McCormick, who burns through the picture in 85 minutes, never lingering long enough on domestic tension or behavioral awareness.

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Yes, the title of Albatross is a metaphor. In fact, the eponymous bird shows up not as a figurative chokehold around the neck of simply one character, but at least three.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Decent movie. A little slow. Nice ending...
Walter M.
"Albatross" starts with a kiss between Emilia Conan Doyle(Jessica Brown Findlay) and Jake(Harry Treadaway) before the firecrackers. That explains why… More
Bruce Bruce
Excellent movie free spirited girl meets strictly raised girl and the fun begins, all while the free spirited girl has an affair with girls father, my review… More
The Movie Waffler
There are two things British films do well; grit and charm, and this has oodles of the latter without a hint of schmaltz or sentimentality. "Downton… More
Cast: Felicity Jones, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond, Harry Treadaway, Josef Altin Director: Niall MacCormick Summary: The studious life… More
Christopher Haskell
Albatross is your basic coming-of-age story made only slightly less average by a young and strong female cast of Jessica Brown-Findlay and Felicity Jones, both… More