Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 12, 2012
    70
    Niall MacCormick's direction, while unfocused, locates a sweet center in the bonding of the two young girls, effortlessly capturing the way unexpected friendship, like first love, can completely alter the look of the world.
  2. Reviewed by: Charles Gant
    Jan 7, 2012
    60
    Brown Findlay, reportedly cast before she filmed "Downton Abbey," is a real find. Germany's Koch suggests astute fishing beyond the obvious casting pools, and Ormond clearly relishes her change-of-pace role as tough, casually profane Joa.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Jan 7, 2012
    60
    A startling performace from Findlay doesn't quite make up for a disappointing third act.
  4. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Jan 12, 2012
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jan 10, 2012
    50
    By the time a disillusioned, grimly deflowered Beth leaves for school wearing her ex-friend's "I Put Out" T-shirt, tonal whiplash has eaten up the pleasures of this otherwise well-cast, evocatively shot small-town trifle.
  6. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Jan 25, 2012
    42
    Trite lessons are learned. Plotlines play out in familiar arcs. A few blips of sex and drug use aim to make the movie feel more grown-up. Instead, they make it off-limits to the only age group likely to find any charm in its smug Britcom cutesiness.
  7. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Jan 24, 2012
    40
    It's a shame that the film comes across like an awkward and ingratiating teenager, given that the two performances at its core are so winning.
  8. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jan 10, 2012
    40
    Innocence is lost - as well as 90 minutes of your precious, precious time.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 8, 2012
    25
    Albatross is simply a compendium of bad ideas.
  10. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 13, 2012
    20
    Albatross is the kind of movie that looks good, begins with promise, and then nosedives into deep disappointment.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 14, 2012
    7
    An enjoyable movie with strong performances from Felicity Jones and Sebastian Koch. It has a solid concept/premise and good direction. But IAn enjoyable movie with strong performances from Felicity Jones and Sebastian Koch. It has a solid concept/premise and good direction. But I just couldn't get past the awful dialogue written for Jessica Brown Findlay. Almost everything she said was sarcastic or obnoxious, I just didn't feel any compassion for her character. Despite that, Findlay does do a good job at playing Emelia, I just didn't really like Emelia. In all, it was a good movie, nothing special but not bad at the same time. 7.3/10. Full Review »
  2. May 18, 2012
    7
    Maybe not the plot of the movie is not a big deal, but was taken in a pleasant and entertaining, with strong dialogues, with no anesthesia,Maybe not the plot of the movie is not a big deal, but was taken in a pleasant and entertaining, with strong dialogues, with no anesthesia, with that dialogue with touches of comedy that took in the right direction the movie, very good performances the entire cast, beautiful photography and the only thing that pleased me was the soundtrack, It wasn't right. Full Review »
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    4
    Albatross, is a regular movie, have much mistakes, and the trama is like other films, this movie can be better, but is terrible, Albatross isAlbatross, is a regular movie, have much mistakes, and the trama is like other films, this movie can be better, but is terrible, Albatross is a regular movie. Full Review »