Annapolis (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 27, 2006
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
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Critic Score: 10% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stocked with leading men who look the part but lacking an iota of original plot, Annapolis is merely a watery shadow of superior seafaring military dramas.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

...basically a military-recruitment commercial.

Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Joshua Starnes

Annapolis has the seeds of a good, if derivative, film in it, but gives that up in favor of being a mediocre boxing film.

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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice

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.

Brian Lowry

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.

Paul Chambers

This military drama never gets moving. Just mainly posturing by all sides concerned. The screenplay was definitely missing in action. Paul Chambers, CNN.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

The movie plays out with the same martial drumbeat inevitability of a parade march.

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Cole Smithey

Character development and narrative substance are absent in this wispy movie about beefcake and getting a knack for teamwork in an oppressive atmosphere.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Annapolis is an awful, clichéd mess of a film that fails to entertain. This is the type of film that relies on a poorly thought script, one that simply… More
Todd Smith
Even thou he was in several things before Annapolis, I consider this to be James Franco's breakthrough role. Just the training and studying alone, must… More
Rachel F
James Franco is just lovely. It has a good storyline too.
Fascade Fiveoneeight
Good solid all around performances...Shows the anguish of how hard it is to get into a Naval academy and prove yourself...Great boxing scenes.
Dean McKenna
This film is a bit familiar to <i>An Officer and a Gentleman</i>, but except the boxing. Really great tale of courage and honour, even what I… More
Mike T.
It's as bad as everyone says it is. James Franco does as much as he possibly can with a toilet paper screenplay.

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