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.
11/7/2004 by James Berardinelli
The question of 'Why?' (more than 'What's it all about?) still lingers where this remake is concerned.
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.
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.
11/5/2004 by Jay Boyar
The supporting cast of females (and Epps) is fun to watch, and the film boasts three original songs by Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart.
11/5/2004 by Stephen Whitty
Alfie is a star in search of a vehicle.
New York Post
11/5/2004 by Megan Lehmann
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.
New York Daily News
11/5/2004 by Jack Mathews
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.
11/5/2004 by Eric Harrison
Alfie is a bore.
Globe and Mail
11/5/2004 by Rick Groen
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.
Detroit Free Press
11/5/2004 by Terry Lawson
What the new Alfie turns out be all about is Jude Law, perfectly cast in the role played by Caine.