Alfie Reviews

June 18, 2018
In Lewis Gilbert's film the stop-go policy of laugh-cry-laugh-cry (with squeal-titter variations now and then) just doesn't work because the moods overlap.
August 24, 2017
An amusing, moving and meaningful picture. Although for much of the way it tinkles along with the innocent merriment of a carousel, it dips into reality for its climax, and makes a valid and indelible impression.
February 10, 2012
For all its implicit misogyny, the original 1966 film version of Bill Naughton's play remains durable because of Michael Caine's career-defining performance as the cockney ladies' man.
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April 20, 2010
Caine plays the sodding little spiv with a raucous charm that makes Alfie seem more interesting than he actually is.
April 20, 2010
In its time, the film was praised for its sexual frankness and persuasive rendering of Swinging London; both seem quaint by contemporary standards. Caine's Cockney Don Juan, however, is sui generis.
February 17, 2010
Alfie (Michael Caine) is more than just a perpetual bachelor; he's a ladies' man, a cad, a man about town. Put bluntly: Alfie loves to have sex. He meets women and takes what he wants from them: pleasure. But behind him, Alfie is leaving a trail of misery
March 26, 2009
Behind its alley-cat philosophy, there's some shrewd sense, some pointed barbs and a sharp moral.
July 25, 2007
What makes it work is charismatic Caine and the witty, intelligent script. Both work together to keep this remorseless bastard who uses and hurts women from being completely unlikable or unsympathetic.
July 3, 2006
Michael Caine gives a bravura, career-making and Oscar-nominated, performance as a Cockney Don Juan, who's by turns weak and endearing, charming and despicable, but the film has aged badly.
February 9, 2006
Of course he gets his comeuppance, in an ending that has all the moral weight and sincerity of a DeMille sex'n'sawdust spectacular. Good performances, though.
October 27, 2005
Michael Caine's breakout performance is awesome.
April 21, 2005
March 12, 2005
Caine does such a flawless job in the role that he alone makes the film.
October 20, 2004
a sober-minded study of one man's inability to settle down...
October 15, 2004
It put Michael Caine on the movie star map, deservedly so.
March 16, 2004
Interestingly, the film's first person narration inclines us to relate to and identify with the protagonist, and for much of the film you like the man despite his faults.
March 16, 2004
Caine does a wonderful job of building and maintaining sympathy for his arrant, arrogant character, despite his obvious brutishness.
February 27, 2004
Caine's terrific performance makes a viewer almost forget that the film is actually a condemnation of its character's swinging lifestyle.
December 5, 2003
September 20, 2003