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Alfie

comedy, drama, romance


A cockney womanizer learns the hard way about the dangers of his actions.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    49%
  • Audience Score
    52%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

Uneven movie about a charming cad has sexy stuff.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alfie is about a smooth operator who takes pride in using women sexually and then quickly discarding them. There are many, many scenes that are insulting to women and send negative messages about how to treat them. In addition to the messages about women, characters smoke, drink, and make awful decisions when drunk that they later blame on the alcohol. They also cheat on boyfriends and spouses, and one character gets pregnant and considers an abortion. There is some profanity, including one F-word and a few S-words; plus many coarse jokes. Sexual scenes are plentiful, though mostly discreet, though one scene includes a topless woman who walks around in underwear.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Alfie through time. Have you seen the original Alfie? How have our reactions to womanizing and drinking changed over time, if at all?
  • Do you think Alfie is a positive role model? Can someone be a role model if they make mistakes and then learn from them?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    49%
    reviews counted: 28
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  • Audience

    52%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Alfie begins and ends by asking, 'What's it all about?' Unfortunately, it's a question the filmmakers never bother to answer.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, November 5, 2004

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

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, November 18, 2004

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

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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.

- Deano78, Tuesday, January 12, 2010

4 stars

I actually think this is a great movie for what it is. It's not corny or predictable at all, in fact it was pretty surprising. Jude Law was amazing and really carried the movie. It's not just your average romantic comedy, it's actually pretty dramatic at times.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, January 7, 2010

0 star

Hated it. Although Alfie is meant to be unlikable, Jude Law manages to be completely hateful in this utterly pointless remake. Some of the direction has its moments but overall is completely confused as to what it wants to be and to what it wants to achieve! Can't say I?m much of a fan of Charles Shyer (or Jude Law now for that matter)

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 29, 2009