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Music . Comedy . Drama . Family

Ever since her parents left her as a baby, little Annie has led a hard-knock life with her calculating foster mother, Miss Hannigan. However, all that changes when hard-nosed billionaire and mayoral candidate Will Stacks takes her in on the recommendation of his advisers. Stacks believes that he's Annie's guardian angel, but the plucky youngster's confidence and sunny outlook may mean that Annie will save Will instead.

Actors: Quvenzhané Wallis , Jamie Foxx , Rose Byrne , Cameron Diaz , Bobby Cannavale , Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje , David Zayas , Amanda Troya , Zoe Margaret Colletti , Nicolette Pierini
Directors: Will Gluck
Country: USA
Release: 2014-12-19
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  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Annie is light on its feet, frothy, and always insistently, at times provocatively kind, determined to melt grumpy hearts like marshmallows. Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Annie is not a great movie musical — but it’s a fun time at the movies.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    In a holiday season when family movie entertainment is in short supply, Annie is bubbly enough to suit the purpose while irritating purists wonder where their orphan went. At times it's actually a lot of fun, and leapin' lizards the sun really does come out tomorrow. Right after the helicopter chase.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    It seems sadly apt that the Daddy Warbucks figure played by Jamie Foxx in the new Annie is a cellphone mogul. Because Foxx is pretty much phoning in his performance.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    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.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    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.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    When Annie isn’t functioning as a showcase for Wallis’ tiny preternatural charm, it’s tonally varied to the point of discombobulation.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Considering this musical has its roots in Depression-era American, Gluck’s contemporary take on the material is eerily lacking in observations about the rich/poor divide in this country.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The movie feels like a vanity production, although it's difficult to determine whose ego is being stroked by this expensive adaptation.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The unforced cleverness of the opening scenes gives way to lazy plotting, awkwardly staged musical numbers, and car chases. By the end, the movie resembles just another formulaic, family-friendly piece of product, one the kids will enjoy and you’ll endure as it goes in the DVD player for the 40th time.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mary Houlihan

    Musical theater versions often seem dated, so moving the story into the 21st century does make sense (as does the multicultural casting), but in the process Gluck and his all-star cast create a chaotic film that tries too hard and fails to capture the charm and heart of the musical.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    There are some very funny moments in the movie, even for grown-ups, including a video of Will that goes viral. The absurd machinations of Will’s smarmy political adviser are also good for a laugh. But ultimately, Annie is so fixated on being current that it will never be more than a passing fancy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Christine Dolen

    The problem is that hardly anyone in the cast can sing or dance on a level that’s more than passable (Foxx is a fine exception). And that’s a problem when the movie is a musical.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    Broadway purists determined to hate Annie need not fear, because there’s plenty worth complaining about.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Little girls will love it. I used to be a little girl once, too. I didn’t care much for the Top 40 glossy coat slathered over every song, but this heart will never harden to a spunky kid who’s certain the sun’ll come out tomorrow.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    No amount of self-referential jokes can make up for a lack of heart and spirit. Thankfully, Annie lacks neither.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Even the show-stopper "Tomorrow" comes off as half-hearted and obligatory. The choreography looks like it was improvised by the young actors who play Wallis' fellow foster kids — all listless jumping and arm-folding, no inventiveness or energy.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    A mushy mix of sentiment and some off-key singing lets the air out of this beloved musical's limo tires.

    Empire Full Review
  • Allie Gemmill

    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.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    It presumes that children care a great deal about cellphone towers, political campaigns, and Twitter. Still, Quvenzhané Wallis, as Annie, is raw, charismatic, alive, and unpredictable.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Perhaps the most hypercurrent thing about Gluck’s film is how it espouses the value of family while actually celebrating products as the only true form of modern connection.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Unfortunately, the longer this Annie goes on, the more steam it loses.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The overall vibe of this folly is curdled and utterly blase; it's a 118-minute foregone conclusion, finesse-free and perilously low on the simple performance pleasures we look for in any musical, of any period.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Wallis, who is an appealing young performer, simply doesn't have the chops for what has traditionally been one of the more demanding leads in a musical for a young performer, and Gluck, along with co-writer Aline Brosh McKenna, has built a film around Wallis that is constantly undercutting the songs, the choreography, and the entire idea of musicals.

    HitFix Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The new Annie musical starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis is pretty bad, but let’s be honest: Despite some decent show tunes, the show was pretty bad to begin with, so it’s not worth getting all righteous about the dumb changes.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ronnie Scheib

    The film replaces choreography with metronomic editing, while one-note overstatement drowns out character development.

    Variety Full Review
  • Courtney Shea

    Of the movie’s dozen musical numbers, only three are relatively unmangled versions of their predecessors.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Ordona

    Fans of previous incarnations are advised to check their nostalgia at the door, while the uninitiated may simply check their brains.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jason Clark

    Aside from an unintentional homage to "Zoolander" that is so tone-deaf it'll make you guffaw, Annie goes out of its way to make viewing it a hard-knock life...for us.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Putting aside the grating performances, the clumsy direction, the visual ugliness and the haphazard development of story, character and relationships, the movie is hobbled by its intrinsic unsuitability for contemporary retelling.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The worst Hollywood musical so far this century, it’s another misstep for Sony Pictures, which also sponsored the abortive ‘‘The Interview.’’

    New York Post Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    2014: Annie's America makes director John Huston's elephantine, synthetically charismatic 1982 adaptation look like a Minnelliesque model of focus and concision.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Where to begin in describing the awfulness of Annie? Why not with Sandy, Annie’s dog, whose name now connects with the superstorm in this hapless contemporary update of a musical that begged to be left in its 1930s period. Have you ever seen a dog suffer from incompetent direction? This one does, but no more or less so than the human members of the cast, none of whom have any emotional connection with one another, let alone with a standoffish pooch.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The film tells Annie Parker’s story with heart and wit, and finds a few funny insights into the stubborn, brusque woman, Dr. Mary-Claire King, whose lonely quest to find proof would bear fruit.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Chris Klimek

    Decoding Annie Parker is a better living-with-disease drama than medical mystery.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Decoding Annie Parker is considerably better than the kind of disease-of-the-week fare that used to be a television cliché.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Morton is outstanding. The rest of the cast, which includes Rashida Jones and Bradley Whitford, is also good. Bernstein does a nice job moderating the tone of the film, which could have been depressing, but isn't.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Jordan Osterer

    This isn't a film of bedside conversions or radical emotional transformations, nor is it a story about laughing at one's own hardships as a coping mechanism.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The division between the personal and scientific stories is not a clean one. It gives the film an uneven rhythm as it at times lurches between the two women's very separate lives.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Decoding Annie Parker is not a movie to which this critic can give a favorable review. I’d feel more like a heel about it if the movie hadn’t actually irritated me to the extent that it did. Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    Decoding Annie Parker could have shown much more effectively and deeply that the fight against an often ruthless disease can be won by women attacking it from multiple sides. Instead, it sticks mostly to one track, taking audience members on a journey that, sadly, via the movies or their own lives, they already may know a little too well.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Well-intentioned, if ultimately underwhelming, ode to the ongoing fight for a cure.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    As hackneyed as the movie’s portrayal of Parker’s life might be, it seems subtly shaded in comparison to the King narrative, which mostly consists of people in lab coats saying things aloud that they should already know, using easy-to-follow metaphors while pointing to a conveniently posted chart or diagram.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Cross-cutting the story of a cancer victim who’s struggling to maintain her agency with the story of the woman who’s trying to cure her should compellingly enhance both threads, but Bernstein refuses to take advantage of his film’s structure and draw meaningful connections between the two.

    The Dissolve Full Review
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  • 1. Maybe Performer: Quvenzhané Wallis, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith and Amanda Troya Stream Music Online
  • 2. Its The Hard-Knock Life Performer: Quvenzhané Wallis, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith and Amanda Troya Stream Music Online
  • 10. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) Performer: C.C. Music Factory as C+C Music Factory Stream Music Online
  • 12. I Think Im Gonna Like It Here (2014 Film Version) Performer: Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne and Stephanie Kurtzuba Stream Music Online
  • 14. Youre Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (2014 Film Version) Performer: Sia Stream Music Online
  • 15. The Most Important Piece Of Music Ever Written Performer: Written, Produced and Halli Cauthery Stream Music Online
  • 26. Easy Street (2014 Film Version) Performer: Cameron Diaz and Bobby Cannavale Stream Music Online
  • 28. I Dont Need Anything But You (2014 Film Version) Performer: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis and Rose Byrne Stream Music Online
  • 30. Tomorrow (Reprise) Performer: Annie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Cast Stream Music Online
  • 32. It's The Hard-Knock Life Performer: Quvenzhané Wallis, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Nicolette Pierini, Eden Duncan-Smith & Amanda Troya Stream Music Online
  • 33. You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (2014 Film Version) Performer: Sia Stream Music Online
  • 35. I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here (2014 Film Version) Performer: Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne & Stephanie Kurtzuba Stream Music Online
  • 36. I Don't Need Anything But You (2014 Film Version) Performer: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis & Rose Byrne Stream Music Online

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