- Base Breaker: Linus Larabee, since viewers of the original movie seem split over whether or not Humphrey Bogart actually pulled off such an atypical role for himself.
- Hollywood Homely: Sabrina at the beginning of the film. She's supposed to be unremarkable, but no effort was made to hide Audrey Hepburn's beauty, aside from having her wear plain clothing. For the remake, long hair and glasses are apparently enough to make Julia Ormond plain. Of course, the film revolves Sabrina's self-image, and the fact David has always thought of her as Like Brother and Sister.
- Tearjerker: This line from the remake about David.
Sabrina: My father once asked David why he stopped coming to the office and David said, "What do they need me for? Linus is there."
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: It's not something that ruins the whole movie for most people, but the process of Sabrina becoming a sophisticate while staying in Paris occurs almost entirely offscreen.
- Tough Act to Follow: For detractors of the remake, Julia Ormond and Greg Kinnear suffer rather badly from comparisons to the legendary Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. Harrison Ford suffered this to a lesser degree, because of his predecessor's aforementioned Base Breaker status. (In fact, some viewers actually prefer his take on Linus to Bogart's.)
- Values Dissonance: Yes, couples who were not romantically inclined did dance that close back in the fifties. To a 21st century eye it looks like Linus is coming on first to Elizabeth and then to Sabrina.
- What an Idiot: David's behavior with Sabrina, right in front of his future in-laws.