Annie Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
March 7, 2016
The film makes it to three stars simply for a hilarious scene in which Stacks takes the kids to watch a movie, which is a most brilliant Twilight parody, called MoonQuake Lake.
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.
January 8, 2015
Wallis is up to the task, radiating charm without pushing it. Beasts wasn't a fluke; the camera loves this kid.
January 5, 2015
Annie is not the awful film it's been painted as. In fact, it has much in its favor.
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 27, 2014
This latest "Annie" could have been told more efficiently, and with more depth, but with Wallis and Foxx leading the cast, it's an engaging enough, if not memorable, remake.
December 24, 2014
This refreshing take on events feels lost in a movie that feels so outdated, as obsolete as the much-loved 1982 original.
December 23, 2014
When it comes to family movies and musicals, you certainly could do better than this new "Annie." Maybe it's the Christmas spirit talking, but you could do worse, too.
December 21, 2014
A 21st Century variation on the age-old theme where an insufferable 1%-er finally gets in touch with his sensitive side with the help of an irresistible ragamuffin representing the downtrodden rest of humanity.
December 21, 2014
Wallis here retains all the unaffected charm that she showcased in Beasts, skipping nimbly between comedy, pathos and show-stopping song and dance, lending credible heart and soul to a production that so often fails to find its feet.
December 20, 2014
This Annie wouldn't survive on 'American Idol' or 'Dancing with the Stars.' She's a charmer all the same.
December 20, 2014
The film is frequently awkward, suffers from some pedestrian choreography and wears its heart perhaps a bit too openly on its sleeve. But it's also charming, well-acted... and, most surprisingly, quite funny.
December 19, 2014
Quvenzhané Wallis has a thousand-watt personality and is the main reason kids (and families) will find this Annie appealing.
December 19, 2014
It's ultimately hard to resist a family-friendly film that's this confident and energetic -- and genuinely funny -- without ever pandering.
December 19, 2014
This new Annie maintains the sweetness of the original material while making it fresh and new. It makes "Tomorrow" feel like today.
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