(2004)

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88
Chicago Tribune
What a bright, entertaining, cleverly updated and utterly satisfying comedy the new Alfie turns out to be.
75
Such smooth, crisp entertainment, you barely even notice it has nothing new to say.
70
Variety
A breezy, sexy romp with a conscience that reflects in obvious but interesting ways on societal changes over the intervening 38 years.
70
L.A. Weekly
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.
67
Entertainment Weekly
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.
60
Empire
Law's slick, pretty-boy reincarnation is less icy and insensitive than Caine's wide-boy original, so we still have all the painfully confused "What's it all about?" soul-searching.
60
Alas, this is a remake without a reason. Alfie can no longer shock us.
60
The A.V. Club
Caine played Alfie as an incorrigible S.O.B. who at least made for good company. Law makes him a delicate boy with self-control problems who can't stop talking, and his charm runs out long before the film ends.
60
Dallas Observer
This new version, which retains nearly every character and echoes nearly every scenario, is somehow its complete opposite--a slight, breezy incarnation that tries like hell to dishearten, which only makes it disingenuous.
50
Flaccid remake of a tough 1966 original.

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