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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: 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 42
  2. Negative: 14 out of 42
  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. Apr 18, 2015
    5
    This is the result when you have too many good ideas and put them all together, it doesn't work at all. I watched it with my family and weThis is the result when you have too many good ideas and put them all together, it doesn't work at all. I watched it with my family and we were bored of everyone singing every 5 min. At the last minute I tought the dog was going to sing to be honest. The presence of stars like Cameron Diaz, Rihanna and Sia (with awkward cameos) brings some points to watch this film. But when you make a movie you need to show that, a movie, not a musical even thought it was based on the original musical, the central theme of the story disappears when you are watching it and being interrupted by a random moment when a starring role is singing. I admit that the soundtrack is good and renovated, but the soundtrack it's the soundtrack, you can't put the whole thing in a movie and lose the story that way. In the other hand the visuals and the acting was very good with so much quality. Expand
  5. Mar 10, 2015
    4
    Another remake of a movie that was already alright back in the 80's and 90's, and you can already guess that this movie isn't all that good.Another remake of a movie that was already alright back in the 80's and 90's, and you can already guess that this movie isn't all that good.

    The story is about a orphan living under the tyrannical rule of Miss Hannigan finds her life changing for the better when she has a chance run-in with the wealthy Benjamin Stacks.

    Annie the musical is very well known for it's leading character and it's songs that seem to be getting stuck into peoples heads. Annie as a character in the older films seem like a strong, playful and full of heart girl as she wants a happy life for herself and the other orphan girls. Annie is smart a enough to see that life can be cruel but she tries not to let that bring her or the other orphan girls down as she sings happy songs to them and herself just to keep they spirit alive, but in this version she's a perfect little goody two shoes that has many friends across the neighborhood and seems happy where she is, and the orphan girls who seem like their having fun, and at one point she get's what she wants and everyone towards the end is happy and really it's really stupid as well. I know what you all are saying, "Put Matt it's a kids film what do you expect the next Schindler's list", no I expect I good a movie no matter if it's a kids film or not, I'm to review movies to tell you what's good and bad, and this movie is bad, kid film or not, movies are movies, just because you say "it's a kids film so that means it's okay", is just utter **** and a cheap way of defending a film, and let's not forget that this is a movie that's open for other peoples thoughts of the film.

    I wasn't the biggest fan of Annie musical and the movies 80's and 90's version, I don't hate them, it's not my kind of movies but I do respect those movies as a musical and them actually trying, not like this movie.

    Will Gluck has proved himself of being a 50/50 directed for me and most of everyone he seen his movies. He's a okay director, but I wouldn't call him a fantastic director as well. Now he directed this movie and now his weakness has started to shown, because he didn't do the musical and the other films justices and to be honest he should have done re-shouts and re-writes to this film.

    Now the songs in the original was know as classic music lyrics that has been sang people most of everyone and to be honest I found the songs in original to be very catcher and I'm not going to lie but at one point I started singing one of them. The songs in the new movie are so freaking annoying and have be remade in a bad way that this move actually stabbed it self for doing that. The songs sometimes comes out of nowhere and have no purpose in some scenes, and that's sad to hear.

    Cameron Diaz plays Miss Hannigan and man is she missed cast for the role, she was over the top as this character and I know the character is supposed to by like that and Diaz could have pulled it off, but it didn't work at all, because as I said before the heart and story isn't there and Miss Hannigan isn't there as well. I feel really sorry for Cameron Diaz, because i know shes a good actress and can pull of great performances, but this one isn't sadly.

    The only good things in this movie: Quvenzhané Wallis did a good job playing Annie. Will Stacks and Annie's friendship together was very cute and done very well, it's the only thing in this movie that actually got something from the original play and movie.

    Overall Annie the 2014 version is a movie that in 5 years time it will be forgotten as another Hollywood remake that went no where. This isn't as god awful as I thought it was going to be, but it could have been better, just like other Hollywood remakes.
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  6. Dec 25, 2014
    3
    I love Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx's performance, but somebody forgot to watch the original Annie and see how it's done. Look, I don'tI love Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx's performance, but somebody forgot to watch the original Annie and see how it's done. Look, I don't wanna be so mean to Sony, but making a reboot to the beloved 1982 Annie feels like you wanted to make tons of money at the box office and should probably get awards. Unfortunately, the movie stinks. Cameron Diaz. Why is that blonde bimbo in this movie, anyway? She did her worse in Sex Tape, now this. In the original, Hannigan is one of the greatest villains of all time where she was a drunken caretaker and punish many orphanage girls like doing chores, scrubbing the bathroom, and allowing her butler, Rooster, to kill Annie. Dude, Carol Burnett was in the original. A true legendary classic. This is what musical movies is all about. But this Hannigan by Diaz, just complete rubbish. If any movie that should be in the worst movies of 2014 is Annie. Don't even bother seeing it this Christmas because once the Razzies coming up, Worst Remake, Prequel, Reboot, or Sequel, Worst Actress (Diaz), Worst Director, and Worst Picture should do the trick. 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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