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Annie (2014)



Critic Consensus: The new-look Annie hints at a progressive take on a well-worn story, but smothers its likable cast under clichés, cloying cuteness, and a distasteful materialism.

Movie Info

A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures' comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Laurence "Jay" Brown, and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play "Annie," book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on "Little Orphan Annie," (C) and (R) Tribune Media Services, Inc. Academy Award (R) nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around. (c) Sonymore
Rating: PG (for some mild language and rude humor)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: Thomas Meehan, Will Gluck, Emma Thompson, Aline Brosh McKenna
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 17, 2015
Box Office: $85.9M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Jamie Foxx
as Will Stacks
Cameron Diaz
as Miss Hannigan
Dorian Missick
as Annie's "Dad"
Tracie Thoms
as Annie's "Mom"
Mike Birbiglia
as Social Services Insp...
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Mrs. Kovacevic
Peter Van Wagner
as Harold Gray
Ray Iannicelli
as Waiter at Domani
Michael J. Fox
as As Himself
Jill Nicolini
as Ms. Giannetti
Raushanna Simmons
as YaYa L'Occitane
Brad Bong
as Pickle Stevens
Andrew Fleming
as Cleve Sweetzer
Ty Jones
as Stacks Mobile Report...
Jessica Sherr
as Mary Gillen
Donnamarie Recco
as Woman on Street
Víctor Cruz
as Teacher
Richardson Taylor
as Red Haired "Annie"
Mimi Bessette
as Stacks' Store Woman
Ryan DeLuca
as Chase Teen
Danny Flaherty
as Chase Teen
Patricia Clarkson
as Focus Group Woman
Brendan Burke
as Sanitation Engineer
Allison Jean White
as Woman at Stacks' Bui...
Sia Furler
as Animal Care & Contro...
Taryn Gluck
as Street Rat
Alexandra Gluck
as Street Rat
Derrick Baskin
as Auditioning "Dad"
Pernell Walker
as Auditioning "Mom"
Lannon Killea
as Stacks' Technician
Molly Prather
as Stacks' Technician
Bobby Moynihan
as Guy In Bar
Mila Kunis
as Andrea Alvin
Ashton Kutcher
as Simon Goodspeed
as Moon Goddess
Scarlett Benchley
as Fish Goddess
Pat Kiernan
as NY1 Reporter
Beth Rowe
as Reporter
Lytle Harper
as Domani Reporter
Brittany Connors
as Biking Girl
Aldous Davidson
as Biking Guy
Lance Kerfuffle
as Guggenheim President
Kevin Cannon
as Photobomber
J. Kaitlin Becker
as Grace's Assistant
Alan Purwin
as Stacks' Pilot
Ben Skorstad
as Stacks' Pilot
Gia Henderson
as Auditioning Woman #2
Mark Whitfield
as Guitarist
Sade DeMorcy
as "Tomorrow" Girl
Brittany Parks
as Overture Singer
Emma Wetzel
as Tap Dancing Classmat...
Hannah Green
as Tap Dancing Classmat...
Joseph Mancini
as Tap Dancing Classmat...
Alex Rubiano
as Tap Dancing Classmat...
Eliza David
as Tap Dancing Classmat...
Tymell Hubbard
as Tap Dancing Classmat...
Josh Price
as Tap Dancing Classmat...
Sofia Rubino
as Tap Dancing Classmat...
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Critic Reviews for Annie

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (41)

The song selection and its presentation seems out of his control.

Full Review… | January 9, 2015
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

Even Sandy the dog looks like he's had enough.

Full Review… | December 29, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 25, 2015
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Annie has a fun, fizzing feel-good factor but, unfortunately, little in the way of lasting resonance.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Fan The Fire

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… | April 2, 2015
Movie Chambers

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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2015

Audience Reviews for Annie

Terriblay. Obviously a career vehicle for Quvenzhane Wallis who is lively and game but not as good of a singer or dancer as the other little girls in the ensemble. Cameron Diaz is laughably evil as Miss Hannigan, but she really throws herself into her musical numbers. I was hoping they'd do something worthwhile with the illiteracy reveal, like that Annie's letter never said that her parents were coming back; she just made up what she couldn't read and the other girls enabled her out of sympathy.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


There's a good movie in the great idea of modern multiracial reboot of not only Broadway musical "Annie",but also there is a great remake based not only on the Broadway musical but also new elements that were more better than the 1982 movie version that it was based on. Unfortunately, it has some great moments but it falls short of the mark. The crazy multi-talented Quvenzhane Wallis(Best Actress Oscar nominee for "Beasts of the Southern Wild") is brilliant in the title role,but she is mired by the unclear update that is more hooked on consumer electronics and social media not to mention consist selfies. Not to mention the supporting cast which included the worst performance by an actress in cinema(hint....Cameron Diaz is NO Carol Burnett) along with the rest of the cast who give one-note performances especially coming from Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne,and Bobby Canavale. The film is produced by the team of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith along with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Beyonce Knowles who served as executive producers. Don't get me wrong here that this new version of "Annie" is very kid friendly and the musical numbers are great,but the Ms. Wallis' performance is dead-on target but the rest of the acting falls just short of the mark.

Mister Caple

Super Reviewer


Not without it's moments, this film is poorly directed, acted, written, edited, and effortlessly shot, "Annie" (in every regard), is one of the worst films of 2014. Quvenzhane Wallis is a great little actress, and her breakout performance in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was phenomenal, however, it almost feels like the cast stepped all their games down for this one. In fact, the syncing is all awkward on the musical numbers and I was cringing throughout most of the auto-tuned music. It makes the songs seem terrible, when in reality, the original lyrics are pretty fun in retrospect. I honestly wanted to stop this film halfway through, because if you know the tale of "Annie," you will see the outcome of this film coming from a mile away. In the end, I really hated my viewing of this picture, which is very upsetting, because I really liked the original film. "Annie" (2014) is easily one of the worst films of 2014, and I would not even recommend it to kids, families, or fans of musicals, because it is a failure in all aspects. "Annie" is trash.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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