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Annapolis (2006)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 101

In the immortal words of the Village People; 'In the Navy/ You can sail the seven seas/ In the Navy/ You can put your mind at ease.' However, if you're a movie critic, your mind was not put at ease by Annapolis; instead, you were probably felt uneasy because of the remarkable similarities between the plot of this mediocre, cliche-ridden drama and Top Gun and An Officer and a Gentleman.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 33

In the immortal words of the Village People; 'In the Navy/ You can sail the seven seas/ In the Navy/ You can put your mind at ease.' However, if you're a movie critic, your mind was not put at ease by Annapolis; instead, you were probably felt uneasy because of the remarkable similarities between the plot of this mediocre, cliche-ridden drama and Top Gun and An Officer and a Gentleman.



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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 few opportunities. Wanting to make something of himself after completing high school, Jake set his sights on attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he narrowly makes the cut and becomes one of the 1,200 applicants selected for the freshman



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Jun 27, 2006


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All Critics (116) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (101) | DVD (15)

...basically a military-recruitment commercial.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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.

January 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

January 28, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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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.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source:
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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.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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The movie plays out with the same martial drumbeat inevitability of a parade march.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Annapolis has the seeds of a good, if derivative, film in it, but gives that up in favor of being a mediocre boxing film.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

April 3, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

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

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

What Annapolis really is, more than a college movie or a boot-camp movie, is a boxing movie, and a run of the mill one at that.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Annapolis throws the same punches as many of its inspirational fellow cadets and almost, but not quite, wins the fight.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

It's difficult to find anything to praise about Annapolis.

September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

If you like cliches, you'll love Annapolis.

July 26, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

The innumerable "saw it coming" plot contrivances begin to stack up like so much cinematic cord wood.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source:

...if you haven't seen many other military movies or sports movies or underdog movies, Annapolis may not be as mundane for you as it was for me.

June 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's a pleasure to watch James Franco and Tyrese Gibson square off against each other as two men heading for a showdown.

June 26, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

It's never less than excruciatingly predictable, unintentionally funny and dripping with moldy clichés.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Everything about Annapolis feels artificial.

February 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)


February 17, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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Annapolis is a good film basically because it's not a bad film.

February 10, 2006 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

This film had very little on its mind other than making sure that the 12-to-14 year old girls who went to see it would be impressed enough to tell their MySpace friends about it.

February 10, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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Best never to have left dry dock with this one.

February 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

If you're like me, you'll get that sinking feeling soon after Annapolis gets underway.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

There are so many ways to criticize Annapolis that I hardly know where to start. You could write a thesis paper on the things wrong with this movie.

February 2, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Annapolis

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 doesn't work. The characters are generic, and the story is something that we've seen many times before. James Franco has done far better work than this, but Annapolis is one of his worst films. This is a bland affair, one that is just boring, with nothing that's ever interesting that occurs on-screen. The dialogue and performances are laughable, and this is simply put, a film that isn't worth your time. I hated the film, and felt it was a pointless film. This is a prime example of what happens when a film has too many clichés going for it, the end result suffers greatly, and it ends up falling flat. If you're looking for an entertaining film with this one, you'll sadly be disappointed. Annapolis is a forgettable film that scraps the bottom of the barrel. This is one of those films that should have been reworked on before getting green lit. Watch something else; you'll be glad you did. This film just copies every feel good film, and waters down the formula and plays out every cliché in the book. Annapolis is a collection of bad actors and a poor story that ends up being a pointless effort. I don't think that the filmmakers cared to really make a good film with this one. Overall this is a soulless movie, and one we've seen many times before. The only difference is, is that there are better films out tackling the same subject.
January 14, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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James Franco is just lovely. It has a good storyline too.
June 2, 2007

Super Reviewer

This film is a bit familiar to An Officer and a Gentleman, but except the boxing. Really great tale of courage and honour, even what I thought of James Franco is alike Richard Gere and Tyrese Gibson is alike Lou Gossett Jr in their characters.
December 26, 2006
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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.
August 25, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Cole: What is the latitude of Annapolis?
    2. Whitaker: Who were the first three naval officers to hold the rank as admirals?
    3. Cole: How long have you been in the Navy?
    4. Jake Huard: Sir, the latitude of Annapolis is 38.58 degrees north. Sir, the first three admirals were Dewey, Porter and Farragut. Sir, I've been in the Navy all my bloomin' life, sir. My mother was a mermaid, my father was King Neptune. Every bone in my body is a spar. And when I spits, I spits tar. I's hard. I is, I am, I are.
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