Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic 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: Gregory Kirschling
    Compellingly reserved and inscrutable at the start, Franco starts to lose us by the second hour, when his character's still not showing up for roll call on time, and isn't charismatic enough to bring us over to his side.
  3. Packing in enough cliches for a dozen movies, this drama about a sensitive young man trying to achieve his dreams via the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis will best be enjoyed by the generation unfamiliar with "An Officer and a Gentlemen," "Top Gun" and any preceding boxing movies.
  4. 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.
  5. A formulaic, predictable and yet reasonably likable picture.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It's really just "Rocky" in gleaming dress whites.
  7. 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.
  8. 50
    This isn't as much a movie as it is a recipe for a cinematic casserole in which the ingredients are clich├ęs and rip-offs.
  9. Any resemblance (except qualitatively) to "An Officer and A Gentleman" is strictly unaccidental.
  10. The underdog story doesn't miss a cliche, even though it never figures out whether it's a boxing picture or a military drama.
  11. It wasn't shot in Annapolis and doesn't have an original thought in its head. Other than that, Annapolis is a fine film.
  12. 50
    Like so many disappointing movies, it's peopled by performers who do their damnedest to make the whole thing work.
  13. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    The best things about this numbingly predictable service-academy drama are its talented leading men.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    James Franco and Tyrese Gibson scowl and strut and should make the hearts of teenage girls all atwitter, and that's about the only audience that won't see most of the punches telegraphed well in advance.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: James C. Taylor
    Annapolis succeeds only in the difficult mission of making charismatic actors like James Franco and Tyrese Gibson seem bland and surprisingly unsexy.
  17. 40
    Often laughably overwrought rehash of "An Officer and a Gentleman," ekes out enough of a subtext on competition to qualify as a non-fiasco.
  18. 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.
  19. May be a good showcase for James Franco, who's in every scene, but it's a disappointing choice for director Justin Lin.
  20. 38
    It is the anti-Sundance film, an exhausted wheeze of bankrupt cliches and cardboard characters, the kind of film that has no visible reason for existing, except that everybody got paid.
  21. 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.
  22. A record number of movie cliches are strung together for the otherwise forgettable boot-camp drama Annapolis.
  23. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sir, no, sir.
  24. Guaranteed neither to offend nor delight.
  25. Annapolis has enough material for an exciting trailer. But that's all the movie really is: a trailer tricked out with protracted boxing sequences and an undernourished romantic subplot that culminates in a single tepid kiss.
  26. The only impressive thing about it is the monotony and thoroughness with which it replicates cliches from older, better movies and hammers them into pop alloy to an up-with-me beat beat beat of its musical score.
  27. 25
    If Annapolis is not the worst movie to date of this still-young year, it is certainly the most hackneyed, as well as the most depressing.
  28. 20
    Best never to have left dry dock with this one.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »