How Critics Got the New 'Annie' Wrong

December 22, 2014 9:09 PM

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This weekend saw the opening of a type of film exceedingly rare in our nation's cinema history: a wide-release kid's movie with an African-American girl as the protagonist. (Akeelah and the Bee and Princess and the Frog are pretty much the film's only peers, though 2015 will add Home to the tiny list). That was reason enough for me and my daughter to be excited about the new remake of Annie. (As my daughter put it, "She has hair like me!")

But the critics have (somewhat eagerly) piled on to tell you to not see the movie. The level of dismay, disappointment, even venom seems surprisingly high, with a Rotten Tomatoes critic's score of 29. Many wanted the movie to be a "statement" film, a burden often foisted on films featuring people of...

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