The Verdict: Critics Review Movie Musical Remake of "Annie," Starring Quvenzhané Wallis | Playbill

The Verdict The Verdict: Critics Review Movie Musical Remake of "Annie," Starring Quvenzhané Wallis The movie musical remake of "Annie," directed by Will Gluck and starring Quvenzhané Wallis, is scheduled to hit theatres Dec. 19.
Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis
Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis Photo by Sony

The film also stars David Zayas ("Dexter," "Oz," Anna in the Tropics) as Lou, the local bodega owner; Golden Globe nominee Cameron Diaz ("There's Something About Mary") as Miss Hannigan; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ("Thor: The Dark World," "Pompeii") as Nash, the bodyguard and driver for Benjamin Stacks; Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx as Stacks, a potential mayoral candidate; Tony Award nominee Bobby Cannavale (The Big Knife, The Motherf**ker with the Hat) as a tough political adviser to Stacks; and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne ("Damages") as Grace.

Click here to watch "Opportunity," a new song written by Sia and Greg Kurstin for the remake of "Annie." Click here to watch "It's the Hard Knock Life," performed by Wallis and the orphans. 

Click here for the feature on the film's changes.

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers. Click through to read them all. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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Niagara Falls Review Star-Ledger

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