Annie

1982

Annie

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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 other half. One day, the dingy orphanage is visited by the sophisticated Grace Farrell (Ann Reinking), personal secretary to conservative politician Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney). In order to improve his image, Grace brings Annie to the Warbucks estate for a weeklong visit. Annie quickly wins the hearts of servants and politicians alike, eventually even bringing her song of hope, "Tomorrow," to President Roosevelt in Washington. Warbucks and Grace even go so far as to perform a public search for Annie's parents, creating an opportunity for Miss Hannigan, Rooster (Tim Curry), and Lily (Bernadette Peters) to scam their way to the reward money. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Annie

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (12)

  • Now for some good news: Aileen Quinn makes a perfect Annie, recalling Shirley Temple with her room-lighting smile and perky manner.

    Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • What makes "Annie" so winning is that, while it could have easily been just another cutesy-poo Hollywood musical, it happens to be as gritty, genial and boisterous as little Annie herself.

    May 20, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 16, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Many people said John Huston was an odd choice to direct Annie and he proves them right.

    Apr 16, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    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.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Annie

  • Apr 13, 2015
    Delightful, family-friendly film with fun songs and story. Sure, the characters are all caricatures and the film lacks direction and substance, but that's part of the charm. A nice bit of nostalgia made even sweeter by the 2014 re-make disaster.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2012
    i found this movie to be really annoying and is trying so hard to be a shirley temple movie, how far it failed on that is uncalled for. its simply too clumsy, lazy, and just simply annoying for me to handle! the musical numbers are decent, i'll admit, but no pazzaze. i especially dislike annie, shes simply annoying and i really find her as a shirley temple hog. its simply a movie that i would watch, just once, thats all. D-
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    A childhood favourite and a classic!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2010
    "Annie" is the epitome of a family film in every way. From it's very catchy musical numbers to it's strong heart shown by it's talented cast, this film will make your heart sing even if you are in a bad mood. This film has some obvious faults, as it does not need to be two hours long and some plot devices seem to be thrown in to push the story along, but all-in-all, I had a blast watching it. For the type of film that it is, it's dialogue and lyrics are all well-written and it is very well-produced. "Annie" is the type of kid that you wish you could have been friends with growing up, due to her sheer likability. "Annie" is one of the most enjoyable musicals I have seen. For anyone ho has not seen it, it definitely earns a recommendation from me.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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