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Beth (Felicity Jones), a bookish teenager, becomes friends with Emilia (Jessica Brown Findlay) and has an affair with the latter's father. And for sure, that relationship threatens to have devastating consequences.    
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The lack of subtlety makes the story's familiar beats only more obvious.
January 12, 2012
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.
February 29, 2012
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.
January 08, 2012
Newcomer Brown Findlay brings some laughs and energy to an otherwise predictable tale of family strife that is modestly compelling but ultimately forgettable.
January 20, 2012
Empire Magazine
A startling performace from Findlay doesn't quite make up for a disappointing third act.
October 18, 2011
Time Out
Innocence is lost -- as well as 90 minutes of your precious, precious time.
January 10, 2012
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.
January 12, 2012
Village Voice
Albatross shifts from indie fairy tale to farce, only to accept its fate as a coming-of-age melodrama.
January 10, 2012