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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

This story of the starting loneliness of a womanizer begins somewhat pretentious. Alfie talks right into the camera and to the audience, the first few minutes feel like a commercial. But this actually turns out to be one of the assets of the movie later on, when we always get Alfie's honest and unfiltered thoughts. How he slowly comes to realize that a real relationship would be worth more than one night stands and affairs is actually really amusing to watch. The greatest scenes are the emotional, serious ones, though. Without preaching the movie makes its point by denying a happy ending and giving the audience the chance to draw their own conclusions. Well done.

- ironclad1609, Tuesday, October 9, 2007

3 stars

I really like the cast and thought it was a good complicated self discovery flick.

- hoganshero, Monday, September 3, 2007

4 stars

I vagely remember the original, Jude Law was a great choice for the remake. It held me from start to finish. This film is proof of what goes around comes around

- 76Majikat, Sunday, July 15, 2007