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A poor but ambitious young man strives to make good in one of the most competitive institutions on Earth in this military drama. Jake Huard (James Franco) is a young man from a small Maryland town who grew up in a blue-collar family with few opportunities. Wanting to make something of himself after completing high school, Jake set his sights on attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he narrowly makes the cut and becomes one of the 1,200 applicants selected for the freshman class. Jake finds that life as a "plebe" is intellectually challenging and physically… More

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"Jake [is] forced to swallow his pride and ask girly Brewster to train him. It's a marginally subversive moment in a movie that otherwise falls in line."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice
"Judging Annapolis by its most appealing attributes (among all the cliches): It's not bad superficially, but neither is it all that it could be."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Annapolis has the seeds of a good, if derivative, film in it, but gives that up in favor of being a mediocre boxing film."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"What Annapolis really is, more than a college movie or a boot-camp movie, is a boxing movie, and a run of the mill one at that."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"This isn't as much a movie as it is a recipe for a cinematic casserole in which the ingredients are clichés and rip-offs."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The movie plays out with the same martial drumbeat inevitability of a parade march."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"This military drama never gets moving. Just mainly posturing by all sides concerned. The screenplay was definitely missing in action. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Annapolis throws the same punches as many of its inspirational fellow cadets and almost, but not quite, wins the fight."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"It's difficult to find anything to praise about Annapolis."
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"Annapolis is less like a movie than a virus -- one that clings so tenaciously to its host genre that it begins to take on the characteristics of a real movie, even though it's just faking."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"An alternate title for this atrocious clutter of morality clichés could be A Plebeian and a Gentleman. But that's giving too much credit to just one of the cinematic muses Annapolis desperately wants to follow."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Character development and narrative substance are absent in this wispy movie about beefcake and getting a knack for teamwork in an oppressive atmosphere."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"...basically a military-recruitment commercial."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"If you like cliches, you'll love Annapolis."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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