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Alfie (2004)

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43

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 23

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52

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 84,936

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This remake of Lewis Gilbert's 1966 film of the same name features Jude Law filling the shoes Michael Caine once wore in the title role of Alfie. As with the original, Law occasionally speaks directly to the camera while his character talks of the opposite sex. Under the direction of Charles Shyer, Alfie follows a charming, if morally lacking, womanizer from one bed to the next. While his actions arise more from nonchalance than malice, Alfie nonetheless faces a moral dilemma when considering

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Elaine Pope, Charles Shyer

Mar 15, 2005

$13.4M

Paramount Pictures - Official Site External Icon

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All Critics (163) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (77) | DVD (21)

The original Alfie was as much overrated as the remake is underrated. Split the difference.

November 18, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
New York Observer
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Charles Shyer (who processed the Parent Trap and Father of the Bride updates) plays coy with most matters sexual-an odd and puritanical approach to a character who molds his entire existence around the procurement and enjoyment of sex.

November 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The question of 'Why?' (more than 'What's it all about?) still lingers where this remake is concerned.

November 7, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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This is an ugly, blue-tinged movie that telegraphs every plot turn.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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His carefully tousled blond mop? His devilish blue eyes? His oily pickup lines and false promises coated in a cool British ahccent? Please.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Back in the mid-1960s, Alfie Elkins was one of the reasons a women's liberation movement was necessary. Today, he's just another bad date with a surplus of personal grooming products.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Uneven movie about a charming cad has sexy stuff.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Just as forgettable as the original.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Even Michael Caine's career would have gone nowhere if he had made this version of "Alfie."

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Law, though lacking the more rugged masculinity and raw sensuality of Caine's alluring Alfie, gets by here on sheer sexual enthusiasm and that unmistakable ready-for-duty party animal mentality.

March 23, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

...Alfie - when you get right down to it - isn't a terribly likable character, something that certainly makes it difficult to actually care about his fate.

July 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

So, what's it all about? Is it still for the moment we live?

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

...what we have here is a good old-fashioned exploitation flick disguised as high art.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: www.kcactive.com

[Law's] timeless good looks and effortless charisma make him the kind of leading man that Hollywood would produce from genetic experiments if they could.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

It's tough to warm to a guy who doesn't give a damn about anyone but himself, particularly when you're supposed to be his closest confidante.

April 8, 2005

It's like a fine cover of a classic song - familiar yet refreshingly different.

March 14, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

While it's hard to replicate the pathos of the original, the very handsome Jude Law makes the remake eminently watchable.

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Doesn't quite live up to the original.

December 17, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Faltou-lhe coragem, mas não boas intenções.

December 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

... Law - while less riveting than Caine - does a fine job is this grown-up romp about modern sexuality

November 17, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

What at first seems a glossy ad for the swinging single life gradually reveals itself as an stinging indictment of the emotional impotent.

November 17, 2004

Easy to look at, but it has no depth, and before long its smart, bright images become unendurable, like a commercial for 1-800-FLOWERS stretched to feature length.

November 13, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

The movie's mossy tip-off might be the soundtrack by those rock 'n' roll geezers, the Rolling Stones.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

After wounding and dumping lots of ladies, Alfie finally faces the minor-key music, but he doesn't inspire empathy.

November 12, 2004
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Audience Reviews for Alfie

It's could be charming, but after see the original Alfie (1966), this remake is a complete trash and silly.
November 30, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Cast: Jude Law, Marisa Tomei, Omar Epps, Nia Long, Jane Krakowski, Sienna Miller, Susan Sarandon, Graydon Carter, Renée Taylor

Director: Charles Shyer

Summary: Jude Law reprises a role made famous by Michael Caine (who got an Oscar nod for his portrayal in the 1966 film of the same name) in Charles Shyer's stylish remake, which takes a decidedly different tone than the original. Self-aware British cad Alfie (Law) falls in lust too easily and can't commit to one woman in all of Manhattan. But when one of his lovers gets pregnant, Alfie begins to question his existence.

My Thoughts: "I thought it was going to be your normal player film with a conceited gentleman looking for one booty call after another. But surprisingly it had more depth then that. The story was interesting, watching this 'player' being taught a very good lesson. I liked Jude Law in this role. Great cameo's from talented actresses in this as well. As a woman you want to dislike him, but even as a veiwer, his charm wins you over. In the end you feel a bit sorry for the guy. It's a well acted film, give it a look if you haven't."
May 15, 2011
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More of a light hearted drama than comedy most of the time. I've not seen the original version but assume this is sexed up a little. Quite a strange format, almost monologue the whole way through Alfie talking to the viewer, something different. It has a great cast and Sienna Miller looks beautiful! A well made film funny in places, worth a watch.
January 12, 2010
Deano78

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