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Alfie Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 18, 2004
The original Alfie was as much overrated as the remake is underrated. Split the difference.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
November 9, 2004
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 7, 2004
The question of 'Why?' (more than 'What's it all about?) still lingers where this remake is concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 5, 2004
This is an ugly, blue-tinged movie that telegraphs every plot turn.
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Sean Daly
Washington Post
November 5, 2004
His carefully tousled blond mop? His devilish blue eyes? His oily pickup lines and false promises coated in a cool British ahccent? Please.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 5, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 5, 2004
Alfie the remake, despite fine work by the cast (yes, there are people in the movie other than Law, but not so's you'd notice), doesn't really work -- it ultimately has nothing to say, and no reason to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 5, 2004
The new script raises the emotional stakes of the old scenes it retains, cuts plot elements that can't be updated and creates new story lines that are just as effective as those it replaces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 5, 2004
The women Alfie betrays, played by Marisa Tomei, Jane Krakowski, Nia Long and Sienna Miller (Law's offscreen love and an actress of beauty and intelligence), give him so many deserved post-feminist whacks that you almost pity the guy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 5, 2004
The supporting cast of females (and Epps) is fun to watch, and the film boasts three original songs by Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 5, 2004
Alfie is a star in search of a vehicle.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
November 5, 2004
Law tries hard to make his Alfie likable, but he's working against the orchestrations of the narrative and merely comes off as feeble, a one-dimensional Eurotrash jerk with outmoded ideas about women and troubles that don't amount to a hill of beans.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 5, 2004
The major difference between the two movies is that Caine's Alfie represented a threatened breed of opportunistic man, while Law's comes off as a typical commitment-challenged bachelor.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 5, 2004
Alfie is a bore.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 5, 2004
It leaves Jude Law hanging out to dry. He looks like the young Michael Caine, he talks straight to the camera like the young Michael Caine, but this time our hunk has got zilch to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 5, 2004
What the new Alfie turns out be all about is Jude Law, perfectly cast in the role played by Caine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
November 5, 2004
Alfie begins and ends by asking, 'What's it all about?' Unfortunately, it's a question the filmmakers never bother to answer.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 5, 2004
Thanks to a commanding performance by Jude Law and a pleasingly slick application of style, Shyer manages to put some new spin on an old yarn.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 5, 2004
Alfie is embodied -- quite nicely -- by Jude Law, who is still a cad but more of a lad than Caine ever seemed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 5, 2004
The movie invites us to revel in Alfie's stylishness, and then slaps us on the wrist for reveling in it a little too much.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 5, 2004
It's a steep task to consider Alfie anything other than a Vanity Fair pictorial.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 5, 2004
Law's best scenes are when he doggedly tries to keep smiling as his lifestyle grows grim and depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 4, 2004
He seems to be one part Alfie from the 1960s and the other part, well, multiplex star drone. There's nothing authentic about this London lad.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 4, 2004
Though he's highly irresponsible, this Alfie is not quite a calculating heel, which makes the material go down easier while blunting the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 4, 2004
Alfie is such smooth, crisp entertainment, you barely even notice it has nothing new to say.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2004
The story floats along in a philosophical swamp of empowerment mythology, theraspeak and materialism-as-personality that's as contemporary as Oprah's self-esteem empire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 4, 2004
With Alfie, it's all about displacement.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 4, 2004
The newly remade Alfie does for Jude Law what the 1966 original accomplished for Michael Caine: It makes him a star.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 4, 2004
Like its title character, the movie doesn't strive for depth. But it's stylish and, yes, also charming.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 4, 2004
Unlike the 1966 British film about a carefree womanizer on which it is based, the new Alfie doesn't chase social significance, it just wants us to have a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 4, 2004
Early on, this urbane update tells us what we've learned in the intervening decades -- women are from Venus, Alfies are from Mars -- then proceeds to restate that view of the solar system ad nauseum.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 4, 2004
The movie feels creaky and anachronistic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 4, 2004
Forty years ago, Alfie was considered a delightful romp. But what was cool in the 1960s is crass now.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 4, 2004
Pretty good as pretty good goes, with Jude Law turning in an efficiently chipper, if palpably less dark, performance than the one that earned Michael Caine his first Oscar nomination and came to define his career.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
November 4, 2004
Not only delights and provokes, but twists and tweaks the plot with just the right amount of 21st Century flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 4, 2004
Did we really need an Alfie remake? Probably not. Will you enjoy this Alfie remake? Probably so.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 3, 2004
Law makes self-satisfaction beguiling, and in an odd way that's his, and the movie's, limitation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 26, 2004
Terrific performance by Law.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 21, 2004
A breezy, sexy romp with a conscience that reflects in obvious but interesting ways on societal changes over the intervening 38 years.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 21, 2004
Alas, this is a remake without a reason. Alfie can no longer shock us.