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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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 38
  2. Negative: 14 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Dec 19, 2014
    75
    Annie is light on its feet, frothy, and always insistently, at times provocatively kind, determined to melt grumpy hearts like marshmallows.
  2. 63
    Even with all this sparkle, the film staggers through its third act. By then, the script has rubbed the rough edges off the villains and made whatever point it was going to make several times over.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 18, 2014
    50
    Quvenzhané Wallis is adorably plucky as the lead in Annie. She and Jamie Foxx as the newfangled Daddy Warbucks character have an appealing chemistry and their songs together are the best moments in the movie. But the rest of Annie is banal, shallow and markedly cynical.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 15, 2014
    40
    Unfortunately, the longer this Annie goes on, the more steam it loses.
  5. Reviewed by: Allie Gemmill
    Dec 18, 2014
    40
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 18, 2014
    30
    Director Will Gluck's glam, grim re-imagining of the Depression-era musical about the hard-hearted rich man and the little girl who melts him, is truly depressing.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 44
  2. Negative: 16 out of 44
  1. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    First off, before the review, let me just say, most of these reviews are comparing the 2014 edition of Annie to the previous two renditionsFirst off, before the review, let me just say, most of these reviews are comparing the 2014 edition of Annie to the previous two renditions and the musical. They wanted to make an age-old story available to today's youth, without their parents having to give their kids a history lesson in the process. Now, the review. The movie and soundtrack were amazing, with such pretty voices. The storyline was great and modern, adjusted to today's youth. I give it a ten overall. Expand
  2. bdp
    Dec 28, 2014
    10
    I took my two grandchildren to see Annie yesterday and thought it was
    great!....Don't be a "hater"...it's just a modern day version...the
    I took my two grandchildren to see Annie yesterday and thought it was
    great!....Don't be a "hater"...it's just a modern day version...the original will always be a classic and that's fine. This version was good, and definitely worth seeing...A good family movie.. I give it a big thumbs up!
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  3. Dec 19, 2014
    10
    I liked a lot the movie,my family liked it ,too.I haven't seen the original movie but I think this work is fresh and brand new,containing newI liked a lot the movie,my family liked it ,too.I haven't seen the original movie but I think this work is fresh and brand new,containing new things that the current globalized world offers us and the original didn't.Hey,what about "Asyulus" 's review,calm down buddy you don't need to show your disgrace to an actor just for not following the original movie actor's look,it sounds like you are discriminating,more respect please!!!! Expand
  4. Feb 20, 2015
    5
    A too late review: The big way from Hollywood of put classic characters in remakes or reboots happening on present day don't works. TheyA too late review: The big way from Hollywood of put classic characters in remakes or reboots happening on present day don't works. They forget that essence of those movies was at that time and should be kept with the original characters. But the songs with modern twist were the great triumph. Expand
  5. Jan 23, 2015
    4
    A remake of the classic musical isn't a terrible idea, but this version misses the mark by a long way. Wallis is very good as the youngA remake of the classic musical isn't a terrible idea, but this version misses the mark by a long way. Wallis is very good as the young orphan, and Rose Byrne does the best she can with very little, but Foxx is woefully miscast and Diaz appears to be trying to win an award for worst overacting of the year. The songs still hold up but they needed a better film to carry them than this Expand
  6. Apr 27, 2015
    3
    Quvenzhane Wallis shines, but that can't help "Annie" from feeling like the result of what would happen if you took the plot from "The GameQuvenzhane Wallis shines, but that can't help "Annie" from feeling like the result of what would happen if you took the plot from "The Game Plan" and made it into a musical where everyone sounds like T-Pain. Cameron Diaz is just unbearable; she needs to retire. Expand
  7. Feb 7, 2015
    0
    Rehash of a classic musical but it was terrible. My mother and I watched the first, but this one was a mess. Nothing was wrong with a blackRehash of a classic musical but it was terrible. My mother and I watched the first, but this one was a mess. Nothing was wrong with a black girl as a lead, but the acting was disgusting. Expand

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