Annie (1982)

This family classic is adapted from the Broadway musical, which was based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. During the Great Depression in New York City, a plucky red-haired scrapper named Annie (Aileen Quinn) is the voice of hope for… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 18, 1982
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: John Huston proves an odd choice to direct, miring Annie in a sluggish, stagebound mess of an adaptation, but the kids are cute and the songs are memorable.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

What makes "Annie" so winning is that, while it could have easily been just another cutesy-poo Hollywood musical, it happens to be as gritty, genial and boisterous as little Annie herself.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The songs never take off into anything very much, the whole atmosphere (apart from the climax) is distinctly stagebound, and Huston merely reveals why he had never before in his long career been hired to make a musical.

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Emanuel Levy

John Huston is the wrong director, lacking appreciation for the musical genre

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The movie offers an insulting 'let them eat cake' gesture toward the 1982 audience, but the pacing is so ragged and the characters so lifeless that few will be able to stay awake long enough to feel offended.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's like some kind of dumb toy that doesn't do anything or go anywhere, but it is fun to watch as it spins mindlessly around and around.

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Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media

Tale of cute orphan is great for the whole family.

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Many people said John Huston was an odd choice to direct Annie and he proves them right.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

They don't build movies like this anymore.

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TV Guide

This charming musical based on the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie features many memorable songs and pleasant dance numbers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Delightful, family-friendly film with fun songs and story. Sure, the characters are all caricatures and the film lacks direction and substance, but that's… More
Aj V
This is my favourite version of Annie, it has an excellent cast and many catchy songs. The only thing I don't like is how long it is, but it's still… More
KJ Proulx
"Annie" is the epitome of a family film in every way. From it's very catchy musical numbers to it's strong heart shown by it's talented… More
Candy Rose
Broadway musical about an orphan girl called Annie who is adopted by a rich millionaire.
Bethany Murphy
A childhood favourite and a classic!
Bentley Lyles
Annie is 127-minute musical extravaganza of humor, great songs, and cuteness. This is truly a classic! Parents, if you're kids haven't seen it, please… More