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Alfie Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    49

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This new Alfie is earnest -- irony is so last century -- and not angry at all, since working-class anger would mean nothing here, because class means nothing here. Nothing means anything here.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Alas, this is a remake without a reason. Alfie can no longer shock us.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Though he's highly irresponsible, this Alfie is not quite a calculating heel, which makes the material go down easier while blunting the point.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The new Alfie is so irresistible that he hardly requires contempt. Without it, the movie is little more than a feature-length roll in the hay.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    What a bright, entertaining, cleverly updated and utterly satisfying comedy the new Alfie turns out to be.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: There are many directly stated messages about taking sex lightly and treating women deceptively, but these are subverted by the consequences characters suffer later.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Alfie is a charming rake who uses and mistreats women, but learns the error of his ways by movie's end.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: There are a few scenes where an unstable girlfriend of Alfie's drunkenly breaks glasses.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Frequent sexual references and situations. Adultery, threesomes, offscreen abortions, and onscreen couplings between non-committed adults all make appearances. Nudity is surprisingly light, but there is one scene where a woman removes her top and struts around in panties while the audience sees her breasts. Women are ogled nearly nonstop by both Alfie and the camera.

  • language false4

    Language: Some cursing: "That's bulls--t!" There are also lots of coarse jokes, such as when Alfie has problems getting an erection with a woman who sneers at him, "Peewee."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alfie and other characters smoke cigarettes and sometimes marijuana; many scenes show characters drinking and acting foolishly or making bad decisions and blaming it on the alcohol. Characters have illicit sex under the influence of alcohol.

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