Annie Reviews

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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...
January 4, 2015
Another unoriginal Hollywood remake that no one really asked for. The music holds up, and it's a testament to those songs that they can withstand this misfire of a film.
January 3, 2015
A flattened, bowdlerised project that has passed through too many hands
January 3, 2015
It's clear that those behind this Annie remake wanted to achieve: A progressive new take on an old standard, just in time for families to enjoy during Christmas holidays. If only Smith, Jay-Z and Gluck could have focused more on delivering a good film.
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].
January 1, 2015
It's not an utter disaster. How could it be given Quvenzhané Wallis's unfettered joy and easy rapport with Jamie Foxx and Rose Byrne? But she's the only thing in a reimagined "Annie" that treats rather than tricks as it strains to manufacture whimsy.
January 1, 2015
A good idea for an update, but the result is too wobbly to stand on its own
December 31, 2014
... an ill-conceived update of the fairy-tale musical about a precocious orphan girl into the social-media age.
December 29, 2014
Two of my favorite people in Hollywood working together on an exciting reimagining of one of my favorite musicals -- what could go wrong? Sadly, too much.
December 29, 2014
Even Sandy the dog looks like he's had enough.
December 29, 2014
It's a hard-knock life for cinemagoers who make the mistake of going to see this new version of Annie hoping for some of the Broadway pizzazz of the original.
December 26, 2014
The 1977 Broadway hit has suffered an overblown 1982 adaptation, a sickly 1999 TV movie and a terrible stage sequel. But the worst hadn't happened to it until this awkwardly updated, misconceived and sloppy remake.
December 26, 2014
There you have it, kids: all you need is love. Although loads of money and a good wi-fi signal definitely help.
December 26, 2014
There's not much delight to be had in an orphan's bedazzlement by this corporate paradise - besides, is gaining material wealth all the story has to offer?
December 26, 2014
You can "betcha bottom dollaaar" that this the most pointless remake of the year.
December 25, 2014
Take out Quvenzhané Wallis, and it instantaneously becomes one of the most hateful, ill-made studio pictures of the year
December 25, 2014
Leapin' lizards, was this a bad idea.
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.
December 22, 2014
Foxx and Company Flounder in Bland "Annie."
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