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Annie Reviews

January 9, 2015
The song selection and its presentation seems out of his control.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 29, 2014
Even Sandy the dog looks like he's had enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 23, 2014
A teeter-totter between O.K. and Meh.
December 19, 2014
Did I really just watch Foxx and Wallis do an entire musical number set inside a moving helicopter? I did, and I've never felt more embarrassed for two actors, mostly because Foxx seems embarrassed for himself.
December 19, 2014
Considering this musical has its roots in Depression-era American, Gluck's contemporary take on the material is eerily lacking in observations about the rich/poor divide in this country.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 19, 2014
In all the ways that matter it's a missed opportunity to take a flawed musical and transform it into a powerful new myth with a particular African-American slant.
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December 19, 2014
Despite any reservations about the music, it is a charming, lovely little movie.
December 19, 2014
"Annie" is very, very light on its feet, very frothy, and always unselfconsciously, at times provocatively kind-hearted, determined to melt grumpy hearts like marshmallows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2014
Engaging characters, infectious melodies, suspense, drama and dance extravaganzas appeal to children of all eras. If only the powers that be behind the new Annie movie had kept this basic truth in mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 19, 2014
Quvenzhané Wallis, the Oscar-nominated star of the trippy bayou indie Beasts of the Southern Wild, simply has to skip into a room - and into the frame - to light things up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 18, 2014
Leapin' lizards! The evergreen Broadway musical "Annie'' strays far from its Depression-era roots with truly dismaying results in this crass, charmless, tineared and lead-footed update.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
December 18, 2014
A movie that coasts on a disturbing greed-is-good vibe. And one that looks strangely cheap doing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 18, 2014
By the end, the movie resembles just another formulaic, family-friendly piece of product, one the kids will enjoy and you'll endure as it goes in the DVD player for the 40th time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2014
Banal, shallow and markedly cynical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2014
Where to begin in describing the awfulness of "Annie"?
December 18, 2014
Hard to believe the sun will come out tomorrow for the new "Annie."
December 18, 2014
Most remakes are unnecessary but Annie is a bigger offender than many.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2014
Phenom Quvenzhané Wallis proves her Oscar nomination for Beasts of the Southern Wild was no fluke. As a modern-day Annie, Wallis shines with her sweet portrayal. However, her performance alone can't save the film from being a dim adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 18, 2014
Most of the cast can't sing or dance, and Gluck, who co-wrote the screenplay, has no clue why this story has endured.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 18, 2014
The cast would have been better served by a middle school production overseen by a creatively frustrated, inappropriately ambitious drama teacher than by this hacky, borderline-incompetent production ...
December 18, 2014
There's a surprising amount of bite: the filmmakers openly acknowledge the similarities between the Great Depression and the present, and the populist message, however overstated, always registers as sincere.
December 18, 2014
The new Annie is jam-packed with Glee-style choreography and greed-is-good luxury. Like its predecessors, it's a fantasy. But unlike them, it's not so much heartwarming as warmed-over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2014
There's still a good film to be made of "Annie," but it'll take Broadway veterans, not box-office stars, to pull it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 18, 2014
"Annie" is not a great movie musical - but it's a fun time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2014
It falls ignominiously on its fat one. The Sony hackers, the so-called Guardians of Peace, have leaked the new Annie online so everyone can have free access. It's their cruelest trick to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
December 18, 2014
Wallis is adorable, but there's little magic in the new music or the barely-there choreography. A missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2014
"Annie" is a shiny little pebble with nothing close to a surprise in it, set in a New York that would cause Martin Scorsese to burst into flame if he walked into it. And young kids just might like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 18, 2014
Ultimately, "Annie" is so fixated on being current that it will never be more than a passing fancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2014
Musical purists should stay away, but little girls should have fun here, and the movie's full of goofball touches that help pass the time for the grown-ups bringing them.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 18, 2014
The overall vibe of this folly is curdled and utterly blase; it's a 118-minute foregone conclusion, finesse-free and perilously low on the simple performance pleasures we look for in any musical, of any period.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 18, 2014
Co-producers Will Smith and Jay Z shook up the classic 1982 movie-musical and turned it into a slick, out-of-tune miss that's desperately aching to be hip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2014
Any scene without Wallis and her gang of remarkably symmetrical, well-groomed orphans feels like a chore-"Let's just get through this," the movie seems to be saying, "Then we'll show you that cute little girl and her puppy again."
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 17, 2014
This is an Annie for adults, only now the spin is less "Remember the social-welfare lessons of the Great Depression?" and more "Hey, rich people are nice, too."
Read More | Original Score: D+
December 17, 2014
The feel-good story and sing-along production numbers are likely to please the movie's target audience of tween girls, but there's not a whole lot in "Annie" to win their parents over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2014
For all the talent involved, the overall effect is surprisingly flat. Foxx appears disconnected, Byrne is wasted and a painfully hammy Diaz seems to be in another movie altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 16, 2014
Aside from an unintentional homage to Zoolander that is so tone-deaf it'll make you guffaw, Annie goes out of its way to make viewing it a hard-knock life...for us.
Full Review | Original Score: D
December 16, 2014
Annie deserves credit for illustrating that old racial prejudices don't have to be preserved by new entertainments, but this remixed rendition doesn't speak to the kids of today so much as it does to their parents' wallets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 16, 2014
This "Annie" was supposed to be for a new generation. In the harsh light of 2014, it's never looked so dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 14, 2014
The sun'll come out tomorrow, by which time this toxic mess should be forgotten.
December 14, 2014
Think you've got a hard-knock life? Try sitting through the new "Annie."
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 14, 2014
While there are several possible good reasons to remake the Depression-set musical "Annie" in 2014, none of them seem to have informed Will Gluck's overblown yet undernourished treatment.
December 14, 2014
"[A] disenchantment, even misanthropy, seeps through Will Gluck's reinterpretation of the Broadway classic."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5