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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
    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.
  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
    40
    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
    38
    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. 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 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
  2. 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 ought to have been. Expand

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