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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 exhilarating comeback story of a courageous young sailor who discovers that some opportunities are worth fighting for. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
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. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    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.
  3. The result is two competing films, one about a failure's struggle to succeed in the Brigade Championships, the academy's boxing tournament, and the other about a quitter redeemed by military discipline. In the hands of director Justin Lin, the two story lines don't altogether merge.
  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: Robert Abele
    Franco is a refreshingly offbeat screen presence and in lighter moments boasts an appealing smile. He may be someone to watch, but too bad there's little room for emotional spontaneity - acting, in other words - in a rote Hollywood drill such as this.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    The Navy will no doubt like what it sees, yet a project such as this should impart some sense of the times we live in.
  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
    i thought it was ana excelent movie, there was no unnessassery sex scene.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 22, 2006
    A must see for anyone preparing for lifes challenges. Jordana Brewster plays a perfect girfriend and is a rising star.
  3. Feb 23, 2013
    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 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
    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
    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
    The 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
    Susan not as bad as everyone is saying? You are correct. It's even worse than that. Awful.

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