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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 her fellow orphans who live under the supervision of drunken floozy Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett). Annie's spirit is fueled by the belief that her real parents dropped her off at the orphanage with a half of a locket, promising to return for her with the other half. One day, the dingy orphanage is visited by the sophisticated Grace Farrell (Ann… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Tale of cute orphan is great for the whole family."
‑ Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
"Huston's biggest misfire; ponderous and sluggish."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Whenever the kids are singing, you'll want to put their numbers on infinite loop."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Many people said John Huston was an odd choice to direct Annie and he proves them right."
‑ , Variety
"They don't build movies like this anymore."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This charming musical based on the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie features many memorable songs and pleasant dance numbers."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[O]verly long, uninspired, and frequently awful..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Most of the movie featured doe-eyed, orphaned girls either getting abused by a boozehound or doing manual labor"
‑ Pete Croatto,
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"John Huston is the wrong director, lacking appreciation for the musical genre"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Serviceable version of the Broadway show. Burnett shines as Miss Hannigan."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Annie is a happy--go lucky musical with a happy ending."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"However was this singularly tuneless show a hit in the first place?"
‑ , Film4
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