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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.

Release Date:December 19, 2014
Genres:Music, Comedy, Drama, Family
Production Co.:Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Overbrook Entertainment
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Will Gluck
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Plot Keywords:musical, orphan, foster child
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  • Annie (2014) - [US]

Annie Reviews

  • Pleasingly Surprised....Thanks for the negative reviews
    by Andrea Hicks on 21 December 2014

    150 out of 272 people found the following review useful:

    I was a bit skeptical after reading negative reviews of the film, but my 4 year old still insisted we go. I am ever so glad we did. In fact, we are scheduled to see the film a second time tonight with my niece.

    Here is my honest review.

    If you hated the original Annie or if you don't care for musicals, then this may not the movie for you. As a person who was a huge fan of the 1982 version of Annie, I was so afraid that the film would overly mimic the original. Instead, the film was not, as critics claimed, a "black rendition"; It is a 2014 remake containing a multi-racial cast, with an African American lead actress.

    The 11 year old Quvenzhane Wallis was just as spunky and memorable as Aileen Quinn was when she played in the 1982 version. Cameron Diaz is not Carol Burnett, so those who compare the two are not being fair to Cameron. Instead, I was surprisingly impressed by Ms. Diaz. She embodied the original role, while making it her own.

    Every actress/actor, song choice, story line, etc. gave fans of the original a taste of the old, while presenting the timeless Rags to Riches story of Annie to a new generation.

    I truly enjoyed this film. I am thankful for the negative reviews, because my expectations going into the theater were so low. I wasn't the only person who enjoyed the film. The sold out theater, burst into clapping immediately after the show was over. I heard one woman say "It was like seeing a movie and being at a play at the same time". She could not have described the moment any better.

    Great Movie!

  • Loved it!!!
    by mryoung-53773 on 30 April 2015

    33 out of 44 people found the following review useful:

    I don't know why some people don't like this movie! I don't think this movie is cheesy at all. I absolutely loved it! I love the modern take on it. I love the actors and actresses and all of the songs. I have watched it several times now. I love how Quvenzhané Wallis gives off the "okay, I don't care" act when things rise up against her character (Annie) in the movie. But as she walks away, you can see her true emotion of hurt or sadness show through. I think that shows what a good actress she is growing up to be. I love the modern take on the original songs as well as the new songs added. I think this is a very well made movie. I wish it had better reviews than it has been getting.

  • Great movie
    by Jennifer Fee on 2 January 2015

    60 out of 100 people found the following review useful:

    I thought it was a great movie. I grew up watching the old Annie and I loved this one just as much. The original Annie made you feel happy for Annie and Mr Warbuck but this Annie made you feel good about yourself and your family. I thought the new songs were catchy and enjoyable. The only bad thing I can see was that Cameron Diaz's acting was a bit over exaggerated but besides that, it was great. I had no problem at all with the actors being black, in fact, I didn't even think about it until I came on here and read the disgusting comments. All the people that grew up with the old Annie and are hating on this one need to stop because this is an updated version on the story that was made for the next generation. Just think of the poor little girls in the movie reading your disgusting comments.

  • This movie makes my day!!
    by mskarpari on 21 January 2016

    19 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

    WOW!!! What a delightful surprise!! Everyone in the family LOVED this movie, and yeah we enjoy this version much more than the original, and we are white (for the ones who claim that this is the black version of Annie)!! My 3yr old daughter is obsessed with it and even my husband who hates musicals really liked this one because there is a much more realistic vibe to it; the beats are groovy, the singing is impeccable and it is not accompanied by excessive dancing involving a group of 100 all with the same facial expression :) Yeap, this is not your typical is so much better!! Instead of skipping the singing moments you play them over and over again. And the kid..Annie...OH MY what a voice! I cannot believe how much emotion she puts into her songs and she is only 11!

  • Best movie i've seen so far in 2015
    by Evan Nuts on 4 January 2015

    48 out of 80 people found the following review useful:

    Wow, all the one star reviews are so sad. Im really glad i didn't listen to them and took my kids to see the movie. It is such an amazing movie and i don't think there was a single person in the theater who didn't walk out with smiles on their face. Honestly, i prefer this version to the 1982 version and Quevenzhane is an amazing singer and performer. She's also a good role model for little girls to look up to. The people saying that she can't sing or dance are being so unfair and that makes me sick to my stomach! I normally never leave movie reviews but will be rating this a 10 star review to hopefully offset the jackasses picking on a beautiful talented little girl.

  • Ignorant Critics -Excellent and Appropriate Remake
    by Daniella Oakley on 3 January 2015

    48 out of 81 people found the following review useful:

    I have no doubt that the many people rating down this movie are either racists or people who don't understand the meaning of remakes.

    This film, a modern remake of the 1982 classic is rather delightful, the beginning sequence pulled me in immediately and the first classroom scene where ironically a class member with ginger hair, freckles and a red cardigan is giving a presentation before our modern Annie is called up to do hers is hilarious and clever in itself. Also seeing Annie's journey to the restaurant really highlighted the modernness of this film. It's set in 2014. Not the depression.

    The modern remakes of the songs are both fun and energetic though i do miss the orchestra feel of the 1982 film. Quvenzhane Wallis (Annie) is very talented and despite the unnecessary auto tune here and there, pulls off Annie amazingly, her take on Sia's Opportunity gave me goose bumps. This film is filled with hilarious fresh one liners especially from Jamie Foxx, who plays the modern and very accurate version of Mr Warbucks.

    This film will surely make you laugh, the only downside i have is the fact that they could have done a LOT more Choreographically, for example the choreography in the original hard knock life was astounding whereas this version not so much. I also found one or two of the random song break made me cringe. But the major downfall was the choreography and the fact their are only 5 foster kids, these things are the reason i can't give the film a 10/10.

    This is NOT Political correctness, most people fail to realize that 1982 Annie based off a fictional cartoon strip, was set during the great Depression and a time where Irish and Ginger folk, two of Annie's attributes were highly marginalized and carried negative stigma, that's what made Annie special. The fact that she made people see through all of that and love her for the sweet adventurous child she was despite her social class. This modern reboot portrays Annie as a black girl another marginalized group, if you don't believe me, look at all the racist reviews. Annie could be any child, Black, White, Asian, but the fact she was a ginger opened a lot of eyes and hopefully this film will too.

    PS. I took my kids who have seen the original to watch this and they loved it, no mention of race, no mention of Annie's hair, so you grown adults complaining do look pathetic.

    All in All, GO SEE THIS FILM! And if you like it, write a review.

  • Love it
    by yuukiftb on 21 December 2015

    16 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

    Annie is a little orphan girl, who is looking for her parents every day. She lives in an orphanage with other girls. One day, when she is chasing a running dog, she is hardly run over by car. The person who helps Annie is Will Stacks, the mayor of New York City. He is evaluated by what he did. So as to get more votes, he and his secretary welcomes Annie to their palatial residence, and start living together. Annie knows that he is doing for the election, but for her, it is a good way to look for her parents too. How will the relationships be in the end? Can Annie find her parents? This movie is the remake version, and the previous one is shown a long time ago. Actually, I knew Annie, but I didn't have the opportunities to watch, so it was my first time. I was asked to watch this movie, and also I rent this DVD and watch a few times. I really like it. The story line is very good, and heartwarming. Also, since this is musical movie, about 10 songs are included. They make me very fun to watch, and didn't feel bored at all. I totally like everything.

  • Loved it!
    by suzieberry on 26 August 2015

    17 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

    Not sure why so many feel the need to bash this version of the movie just because they think they're the top 'original' Annie movie fan of all time. Who cares if they made a new's not even close to being the same as the original. I absolutely loved the original Annie, and I can say that I love this one just as much. It's SO much fun, and all of the actors/actresses are wonderful at acting and singing. I feel that the changes that were made were done so to reflect the times we live in...certain sayings from the original wouldn't be related to as easily. Nothing wrong with liking both...they're just movies, so I don't think you'll hurt the original Annie's feelings if you decide to like this one just as much or more!!

  • Cameron Diaz
    by Tyler Jewell ( on 4 May 2015

    29 out of 45 people found the following review useful:

    I love that movie. But, Cameron Diaz is a good actress in Shrek film series. I love Shrek movie to Cameron Diaz. Could you give Cameron Diaz a favor? I just want her to find Macaulay Culkin somewhere in New York City. Call the police and call the straight jacket mental hospital for Macaulay Culkin. Cameron Diaz wants to see him in New York City. Ask her that I want to speak with her. Macaulay Culkin's in trouble. Call the straight jacket mental hospital to Macaulay Culkin and New York Police Department to find Macaulay Culkin. I would like to speak with him, please. It's important. Don't worry, I guess I'll see you real soon. Just ask Cameron Diaz to see me in Rocklin, California. Tell her to bring Macaulay Culkin in Rocklin, California too. I've got a surprise for the animated movies. It's a Disney movie. And now, I've got a work to do. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you love this. Have a nice day.

  • Refreshing Opportunity: Smiles, Songs and Heart
    by Yelitza-screenwriting-student on 2 January 2015

    46 out of 79 people found the following review useful:

    I've seen it 12 times now! A movie that makes me laugh and sing-along with the characters deserves a 10. Because the experience of going to the theater should be a positive one. This new ANNIE is a refreshing opportunity to enjoy and feel good. You will connect emotionally with the characters (Annie, Mr.Stacks, Miss Hannigan, Grace, and Lou) and care about their journey.

    This is a film that celebrates the wonders of childhood: it reminds us of how precious our little girls are. "Annie 2014" will make you laugh, smile, and it will warm your heart. There are some wonderful and touching moments—-those are the moments you look forward to if you watch this film a second or third or fourth time!

    Q. Wallis' performance is energetic and genuine. Her singing is stellar. No wonder why Annie has two Golden Globe nominations (best actress in musical and best original song). The way Wallis sings "Opportunity" is breathtaking! Wow!

    Our contemporary Annie is authentic and smart. She navigates the streets of New York with the hope that one day the sun will shine upon her and she will find her parents. I love her assertiveness –"I am a foster child, not an orphan." In many ways, Annie is a role model... we should all learn from her! About the other characters: R. Byrne is a lonely sweet and intelligent assistant who finds a friend in Annie. C. Diaz portrays a hopeless/bitter failed-singer who now takes care of the foster little girls. J. Foxx plays a funny, lonely and ambitious Mayor-of-New York candidate. He too sings with passion and heart. I love how Lou, the Latin guy, adds a spicy, funny and sweet twist.

    Any flaws with this movie? Yes. Some songs are bad and some scenes are terribly silly. But those flaws do not eclipse the great message, the great music, and the great acting. The more I watch it, the more I love Annie and her quest.

    Overall, "Annie 2014" delivers what it promises – music, family comedy, and sentiment.

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