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  • Summary: When he won a coveted admission spot to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, local kid Jake Huard (Franco) thought all his dreams had come true -- but his battle to become the man he wants to be is only just beginning. From critically acclaimed indie director Justin Lim comes this exhilaratingWhen he won a coveted admission spot to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, local kid Jake Huard (Franco) thought all his dreams had come true -- but his battle to become the man he wants to be is only just beginning. From critically acclaimed indie director Justin Lim comes this exhilarating comeback story of a courageous young sailor who discovers that some opportunities are worth fighting for. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 28
  2. Negative: 9 out of 28
  1. 63
    Directing Annapolis is Justin Lin, whose previous feature was the irresponsible high-school comedy thriller "Better Luck Tomorrow." This second movie is more his speed.
  2. A formulaic, predictable and yet reasonably likable picture.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    A hopeless if harmless boxing picture whose principals just happen to wear uniforms outside the ring, Annapolis is set in a U.S. Naval Academy where no one ever seems to attend class.
  4. 42
    At a time when movies, even from Hollywood, are finally turning their eyes to conflicts abroad, Annapolis seems conspicuously myopic and reactionary in its denial of the world outside campus, though a movie this formulaic wouldn't pass muster during peacetime, either.
  5. Reviewed by: James C. Taylor
    40
    Annapolis succeeds only in the difficult mission of making charismatic actors like James Franco and Tyrese Gibson seem bland and surprisingly unsexy.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    38
    Sir, no, sir.
  7. 20
    Best never to have left dry dock with this one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Sarah
    Jul 26, 2006
    10
    i thought it was ana excelent movie, there was no unnessassery sex scene.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 22, 2006
    9
    A must see for anyone preparing for lifes challenges. Jordana Brewster plays a perfect girfriend and is a rising star.
  3. Feb 23, 2013
    9
    Even thou he was in several things before Annapolis, I consider this to be James Franco's breakthrough role. Just the training and studyingEven 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 have been as intense as the film itself. Franco plays Jake Huard, a first year student at the Naval academy. The story takes you inside one the hardest and most secretive schools in America, showing you just what it takes to even make it past your first year. The story itself is very inspirational and the acting is top notch. This isn't just a good film, it's one that you know took a lot out of everyone involved. I was entertained, excited, and inspired by an underdog who just wouldn't give up. This is a tremendous film that fell under the radar, because of a then, unknown cast, but it really is a must see for fans of inspirational, military and sports dramas. Expand
  4. DaveR.
    Jun 27, 2006
    5
    This is a very average movie. Not great but not terrible. It does borrow things from other movies, but yet it still has its own good moments. This is a very average movie. Not great but not terrible. It does borrow things from other movies, but yet it still has its own good moments. It is worth a $3.50 rental for the hour and a half of entertainment. I am glad that I didn't put down $20 + to see this movie in the theatre. Expand
  5. ZackL.
    Aug 22, 2006
    4
    This movie is utterly pathetic. The direction isn't bad, but everything else is. The dialogue and screenplay are horrible and the This movie is utterly pathetic. The direction isn't bad, but everything else is. The dialogue and screenplay are horrible and the characters all seem dull and charmless. Annapolis tries too hard to be too many things, and fails miserably. Expand
  6. Nov 8, 2012
    3
    The film plays like the actors, director, and writers all communicated through text messages that weren't quite perceived the way they oughtThe film plays like the actors, director, and writers all communicated through text messages that weren't quite perceived the way they ought to have been. Expand
  7. Aaron
    Jan 31, 2006
    0
    Susan not as bad as everyone is saying? You are correct. It's even worse than that. Awful.

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