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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] Collapse
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: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 13 out of 38
  1. Dec 31, 2014
    10
    This movie was put together nicely so that even young children could watch without becoming depressed, unlike the original. It had a veryThis movie was put together nicely so that even young children could watch without becoming depressed, unlike the original. It had a very upbeat feel to it. (Please use spell check. It's free and readily available.) Expand
  2. Dec 30, 2014
    10
    This was a great family film. It was very refreshing and it was lovely and warm. The bad reviews beg me to question if the reviewers watchedThis was a great family film. It was very refreshing and it was lovely and warm. The bad reviews beg me to question if the reviewers watched the film determined not to like so that they could right a miserable review. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think every child would enjoy it also. Definitely worth taking your children (who are probably more open-minded and socially intelligent) to go and see it! Expand
  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. Dec 28, 2014
    7
    Seeing all the negative reviews, I still went ahead and watched the movie. It was a fun movie, if you need a break from the Exodus or theSeeing all the negative reviews, I still went ahead and watched the movie. It was a fun movie, if you need a break from the Exodus or the Interview playing in theatres. Walis as Annie is very nice, as she is adorable. Jamie Foxx was unnecessary but it's alright. Diaz was Not as good but Will Gluck really recreated the songs and whatnot very masterfully. I know this is a childish review, but it's actually very good for family audiences. I would recommend this for kids and families. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2015
    4
    The Great Annie was born in the Great Depression and she was a white/ginger girl. It was a great film, a true classic. This remake isn'tThe Great Annie was born in the Great Depression and she was a white/ginger girl. It was a great film, a true classic. This remake isn't Annie. The true story of Annie here is all wrong, sorry it's not racial to me, it's just not the correct story. I won't see this one. Sorry, the story Annie I saw years ago, that is Annie Expand
  6. Dec 21, 2014
    3
    Let me start with the good points: Jamie Fox did a nice job of playing Stacks, the new Warbucks. That almost sickeningly cute Wallis kid wasLet me start with the good points: Jamie Fox did a nice job of playing Stacks, the new Warbucks. That almost sickeningly cute Wallis kid was just that. Hard Knock Life was a well done musical number. There were a few funny cute moments that made me smile.

    Now for a longer list. Cameron Diaz was not a good Hannigan. It was pretty much unwatchable any time she was on the screen. The acting in general was terrible. They really should have done a lot more singing, because at least then things were tolerable. That being said, the musical numbers weren't good. Not over the top enough, but subdued just enough to be awkward and weird.

    On top of that, the movie never addressed the key point of: Just where are Annie's parents? I feel bad for this movie Annie...she's going to live her life with the rich Stacks and never know if here parents are alive or not. In the stage production that is address.

    Save you money. Watch it at home if you watch it at all. Or better yet, look up Hard Knock Life on YouTube and just watch that.
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  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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