JamesM’s review published on Letterboxd:
Disclaimer: I'm not a big fan of musicals. Now that that's out of the way:
Annie is an immaculately crafted work of old-school Hollywood schmaltz; John Huston does an impressive job directing the musical numbers, and he gets some fun performances out of Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, and Tim Curry. Finney in particular deserves praise; he makes Daddy Warbucks likeable, but consistently retains a coldness that prevents the character from becoming saccharine.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Aileen Quinn, who doesn't do a bad job but makes Annie a bit too perfect. However, the film's main weakness is its screenplay; it critically lacks both tension and cohesion and is so reliant on cliches you can see every major plot point coming a mile away.
Ultimately, Annie is all style and no substance. The style is lavish, but it all felt a bit too hollow for me.