Annie Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 25, 2015
After its sly opening--meta-jokes about the Annie we expect; a song-and-dance about class divides--the flick mostly gives us a cocky, fully-formed child, broadly shticked-out adults, a musical-ness that seems show-offy, and almost no political savvy.
Mary Clare Waireri
Fan The Fire
April 9, 2015
Annie has a fun, fizzing feel-good factor but, unfortunately, little in the way of lasting resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
April 2, 2015
Despite an authentically enthusiastic performance by Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, "Annie" sinks and sinks hard with the sounding of more than a few false notes.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Scott Weinberg
February 5, 2015
The cast generates some laughs, and the leading lady is adorable, but the musical sequences range from clunky to painful. And there are lots of them.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 23, 2015
The songs are ten times better than the ones in Into the Woods,
January 16, 2015
As much as we fear remakes of classic films there are, on occasion, heartening examples where it's done right. Here we have a nicely updated, jazzed-up version of the unfairly maligned 1982 John Huston musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 11, 2015
Quvenzhané Wallis is irrepressibly cute ... but almost everything going on around her is irredeemably crass.
Jim Slotek
Toronto Sun
January 9, 2015
The song selection and its presentation seems out of his control.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 9, 2015
The filmmakers only thought about how to make it current, and not about how to make it better.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
January 9, 2015
Though the old numbers are here, they're staged in an off-hand manner that lacks the excitement of John Huston's original.
Adriane Neuenschwander
Consequence of Sound
January 8, 2015
Annie is easily one of the worst movies of the year. It's dull, offensive, poorly acted, and dreadfully choreographed.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
January 8, 2015
Wallis is up to the task, radiating charm without pushing it. Beasts wasn't a fluke; the camera loves this kid.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 5, 2015
Annie is not the awful film it's been painted as. In fact, it has much in its favor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
January 4, 2015
Musicals are made to enchant and help us sing the blues away...and for that, I'd recommend the original "Annie". You're only a day away...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
January 4, 2015
Another unoriginal Hollywood remake that no one really asked for. The music holds up, and it's a testament to those songs that they can withstand this misfire of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.8/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
January 3, 2015
A flattened, bowdlerised project that has passed through too many hands
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 3, 2015
It's clear that those behind this Annie remake wanted to achieve: A progressive new take on an old standard, just in time for families to enjoy during Christmas holidays. If only Smith, Jay-Z and Gluck could have focused more on delivering a good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
January 1, 2015
Are you a little girl, aged between six and ten?... Have you learnt every song from Frozen and are you ready to torment your parents with a whole new repertoire?... congratulations, you are part of the ridiculously specific target audience for [Annie].
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
January 1, 2015
It's not an utter disaster. How could it be given Quvenzhané Wallis's unfettered joy and easy rapport with Jamie Foxx and Rose Byrne? But she's the only thing in a reimagined "Annie" that treats rather than tricks as it strains to manufacture whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
January 1, 2015
A good idea for an update, but the result is too wobbly to stand on its own
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