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Annie (1981)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 12

John Huston proves an odd choice to direct, miring Annie in a sluggish, stagebound mess of an adaptation, but the kids are cute and the songs are memorable.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

John Huston proves an odd choice to direct, miring Annie in a sluggish, stagebound mess of an adaptation, but the kids are cute and the songs are memorable.



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This family classic is adapted from the Broadway musical, which was based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. During the Great Depression in New York City, a plucky red-haired scrapper named Annie (Aileen Quinn) is the voice of hope for her fellow orphans who live under the supervision of drunken floozy Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett). Annie's spirit is fueled by the belief that her real parents dropped her off at the orphanage with a half of a locket, promising to return for her with the

Dec 12, 2000

Columbia Pictures

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The movie offers an insulting 'let them eat cake' gesture toward the 1982 audience, but the pacing is so ragged and the characters so lifeless that few will be able to stay awake long enough to feel offended.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Many people said John Huston was an odd choice to direct Annie and he proves them right.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The songs never take off into anything very much, the whole atmosphere (apart from the climax) is distinctly stagebound, and Huston merely reveals why he had never before in his long career been hired to make a musical.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's like some kind of dumb toy that doesn't do anything or go anywhere, but it is fun to watch as it spins mindlessly around and around.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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They don't build movies like this anymore.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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John Huston is the wrong director, lacking appreciation for the musical genre

April 16, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Tale of cute orphan is great for the whole family.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This charming musical based on the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie features many memorable songs and pleasant dance numbers.

April 16, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Serviceable version of the Broadway show. Burnett shines as Miss Hannigan.

December 12, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Huston's biggest misfire; ponderous and sluggish.

October 19, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

[O]verly long, uninspired, and frequently awful...

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Annie is a happy--go lucky musical with a happy ending.

February 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Whenever the kids are singing, you'll want to put their numbers on infinite loop.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Most of the movie featured doe-eyed, orphaned girls either getting abused by a boozehound or doing manual labor

November 25, 2003 Full Review Source:

However was this singularly tuneless show a hit in the first place?

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Truly Charming. You'll be singing til the sequel.

September 20, 2002

There's bad and then there's bad and then there's Annie

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Certainly not flawless, but still a whole lot of fun.

July 26, 2002

...the film version of the stage hit is an old-fashioned charmer.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Annie

The 1982 adaptation of ANNIE was worse than I expected. It was truly an unfaithful, uneven production, despite the heart and emotion of it all. Once again, as we can see, Hollywood has ruined theater with its terrible transformation of so-called "sung-through musicals" into talkative productions with only 30% music. I don't even want to know what disaster the forthcoming Willow Smith remake will bring us.
August 10, 2011

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A childhood favourite and a classic!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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This is my favourite version of Annie, it has an excellent cast and many catchy songs. The only thing I don't like is how long it is, but it's still worth seeing anyway. I reallly like this movie.
January 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

Broadway musical about an orphan girl called Annie who is adopted by a rich millionaire.
December 26, 2010
T Tsang

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    1. Annie: Leaping lizards! A dog!
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