Annie Reviews

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January 9, 2015
The song selection and its presentation seems out of his control.
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].
December 29, 2014
Even Sandy the dog looks like he's had enough.
December 29, 2014
The vigorous display of good feelings and comforting resolutions has an unusually effervescent sincerity, even if the rags-to-riches wish-fulfillment leaps over all the hard knocks.
December 24, 2014
The blame falls squarely on Gluck, who appears to have never seen a musical film in his life, shoots dance numbers with staid limpidity and zero sense of rhythm, and edits them in a way so as all the performers are barely visible.
December 23, 2014
A teeter-totter between O.K. and Meh.
April 3, 2019
As far as holiday films go this is perfect for lightening the holiday hangover, but ultimately it's equal parts onerous and energetic, overreaching in its attempt not buckle under the weight of previous iterations.
January 24, 2019
The problem with this version is it all feels way too calculated, with the choreography during the musical numbers feeling over blocked and the songs feeling like they've been put through a studio sound system to the point of being robotic.
December 25, 2018
There is a lot of money up on the screen, from the stars...to the sets, but there's absolutely nothing of worth in the movie.
December 11, 2018
Annie is contemporary and urban but feels strangely small-and not in an intimate way.
August 27, 2018
Does the film veer into schmaltz and sentimentality? Sure, but considering the original material it's hard not to and Gluck is careful about when and how he decides to let that happen.
August 10, 2018
Loses its way, mainly in that that the emotional arc of the film no longer belongs to Annie... The movie is supposed to be about Annie. We're supposed to care about Annie.
February 16, 2018
Everything has been poured into securing the stars and filming locations, but nobody has bothered with what lies at the heart of any decent musical, which is warmth, energy, mischief, great choreography and belting songs.
February 16, 2018
Few will leave the theater exclaiming "Leapin' Lizards!" - but you can bet your bottom-dollar that there's a good time to be had here.
November 28, 2017
Redundant or not, "Annie" will provide a solid option for families on the lookout for a movie to see over the holidays, and maybe that's justification enough.
May 11, 2017
Every time it seems that Hollywood may finally be winding down with their producing of endless unnecessary remakes, a movie like Annie comes along to remind us just how creatively bankrupt the mainstream movie industry remains.
March 7, 2017
You may grimace at some points, but kids might like it anyway.
November 14, 2016
It probably won't win over Broadway devotees or fans of the 1982 film, but parents will face much harder knocks than this taking their kids to the movies.
September 26, 2016
There's nothing wrong with reworking the score of Annie -- as this film does -- but too often, the movie seems a little embarrassed to be a musical at all, making it seem as if it's having a crisis of confidence.
April 26, 2016
This seems like a film that doesn't really want to be a musical.
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