Very Annie Mary (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Very Annie Mary (2001)

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Critic Consensus: An exercise in strained whimsy and saccharine sentiment.

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A Welsh woman is belatedly forced to come out of her shell when poor fortune befalls her family and friends in this kitchen-sink comedy. Annie Mary (Rachel Griffiths) is a woman in her early thirties who seems never to have finished growing up; she still lives at home with her widowed father Jack (Jonathan Pryce), hasn't established much of a life of her own, and can't get her relationship with her boyfriend Colin (Rhys Miles Thomas) to go anywhere. Jack, an enthusiastic ladies' man with a passion for opera and no modesty about sharing his vocal talents with those around him, runs a bakery, and is known to sing the occasional aria for the edification of fellow motorists as he delivers bread. Annie-Mary has been slowly saving up money for a down payment on a flat of her own until disaster strikes and Jack suffers a stroke. Confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak, Jack is incapable of running the bakery, and it falls to Annie-Mary to keep the business afloat. Attempting to rise to the occasion, Annie-Mary decides to give the bakery a make-over, with limited success, but as she tries to keep the business going and care for her father, Annie-Mary discovers that one of her closest friends, Bethan (Joanna Page), is suffering from a serious illness and hasn't long to live. Bethan has always wanted to visit America and see Disneyland, so Annie-Mary hatches a plan to raise the money by winning a local talent show; despite her feeble dancing ability, Annie-Mary decides to form a pop group with her friends, in hopes of fulfilling one of her foiled ambitions from her teenage years. Though shot in 1999, Very Annie-Mary didn't find its way to theaters until 2001. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Very Annie Mary

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9)

The movie would seem less of a trifle if Ms. Sugarman followed through on her defiance of the saccharine.

May 9, 2002 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
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A bit too eager to please.

May 3, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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It is not the first time that director Sara Sugarman stoops to having characters drop their pants for laughs and not the last time she fails to provoke them.

March 29, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4
Newsday
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Odd and weird.

March 29, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4
New York Post
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Very Annie-Mary is familiar but winningly funny and good-hearted.

March 29, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Yet another entry in the sentimental oh-those-wacky-Brits genre that was ushered in by The Full Monty and is still straining to produce another smash hit.

March 28, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Very Annie Mary

Hilarious!

Leo L
Leo L

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½

Quirky and delightful. A real joy.

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