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  • Summary: Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis), a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014, was left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday. It’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom MissAnnie (Quvenzhané Wallis), a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014, was left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday. It’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around. [Sony Pictures] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Dec 18, 2014
    75
    Annie is not a great movie musical — but it’s a fun time at the movies.
  2. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Dec 18, 2014
    60
    Annie has never been the most sophisticated of children's stories. The latest version is formulaic and predictable, but it has its charms, not the least of which is Wallis' easy smile and sassy screen presence.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 18, 2014
    50
    The movie feels like a vanity production, although it's difficult to determine whose ego is being stroked by this expensive adaptation.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 15, 2014
    40
    Unfortunately, the longer this Annie goes on, the more steam it loses.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 17, 2014
    40
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 18, 2014
    30
    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, which was directed by Will Gluck from a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 17, 2014
    0
    When a stage musical as beloved as Annie hits the big screen and falls ignominiously on its fat one, you might ask: WTF? For starters, updating the Depression-era tale to NYC 2014 is a really dumb idea. The strain of the shoehorning is evident in every scene.

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