Annie Reviews

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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 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 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.
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.
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.
May 25, 2015
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.
April 9, 2015
Annie has a fun, fizzing feel-good factor but, unfortunately, little in the way of lasting resonance.
April 2, 2015
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.
February 5, 2015
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.
January 11, 2015
Quvenzhané Wallis is irrepressibly cute ... but almost everything going on around her is irredeemably crass.
January 9, 2015
The song selection and its presentation seems out of his control.
January 9, 2015
The filmmakers only thought about how to make it current, and not about how to make it better.
January 9, 2015
Though the old numbers are here, they're staged in an off-hand manner that lacks the excitement of John Huston's original.
January 8, 2015
Annie is easily one of the worst movies of the year. It's dull, offensive, poorly acted, and dreadfully choreographed.
January 4, 2015
Musicals are made to enchant and help us sing the blues away...and for that, I'd recommend the original "Annie". You're only a day away...
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