Annie Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 16, 2011
John Huston is the wrong director, lacking appreciation for the musical genre
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Tale of cute orphan is great for the whole family.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 16, 2007
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.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 16, 2007
This charming musical based on the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie features many memorable songs and pleasant dance numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety
April 16, 2007
Many people said John Huston was an odd choice to direct Annie and he proves them right.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 12, 2004
Serviceable version of the Broadway show. Burnett shines as Miss Hannigan.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 19, 2004
Huston's biggest misfire; ponderous and sluggish.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
They don't build movies like this anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 8, 2004
[O]verly long, uninspired, and frequently awful...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 4, 2004
Annie is a happy--go lucky musical with a happy ending.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 13, 2004
Whenever the kids are singing, you'll want to put their numbers on infinite loop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
November 25, 2003
Most of the movie featured doe-eyed, orphaned girls either getting abused by a boozehound or doing manual labor
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
However was this singularly tuneless show a hit in the first place?
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 20, 2002
Truly Charming. You'll be singing til the sequel.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
There's bad and then there's bad and then there's Annie
| Original Score: 0/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Certainly not flawless, but still a whole lot of fun.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...the film version of the stage hit is an old-fashioned charmer.
| Original Score: 7/10
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
January 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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