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Annie (PG)

Comedy, Drama, Family

A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.

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The critical consensus

Foxx himself just about emerges from this mess intact, largely by keeping his performance fairly restrained. But everyone and everything else is drowning in goo.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 16/12/2014

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

**(*)(*)(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 19/12/2014

The latest screen version of Annie – the fourth – has been taking quite a bashing from the US reviewers but doesn't seem markedly worse than any of its predecessors, or indeed than the original (and very sappy) musical itself. It's a film that you expect to come smothered in industrial amounts of schmaltz.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 19/12/2014

Verdict: Misconceived remake.

**(*)(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 19/12/2014

Like a tweet it will be here today and gone Tomorrow.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 21/12/2014

Thank heaven, then, for rising star Quvenzhané Wallis, whose winning presence just about saves the day.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 21/12/2014

This remake updates the musical to include hip-hop stylings, Twitter updates and YouTube references, but any charm has been left behind in John Huston’s 1982 film.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 21/12/2014

While really young children might enjoy it, the more mature may struggle.

***(*)(*)Karen Krizanovich, The List, 22/12/2014

Oof. Garbled and tacky, makes the original look like La Règle du jeu.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 24/12/2014

Butchering the big songs and adding a slew of bland new ones, it’s a musical with no interest in musicality, choreographed with all the grace of a drunken flash-mob.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 28/12/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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