Annapolis Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
December 28, 2010
Annapolis has the seeds of a good, if derivative, film in it, but gives that up in favor of being a mediocre boxing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 27, 2006
From the obviously fake shipyard to the repeated violations of what most of us recognize as the 'Code' of the Academy, to the absurd casting of people who couldn't physically hack the Academy's physical requirements, Annapolis fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 26, 2006
Annapolis is the perfect movie for someone who has never before seen one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Christopher Campbell
September 17, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
January 27, 2006
The United States Navy rejected the producer's request to film on the Annapolis grounds. Since they were able to see story deficiencies that Disney could not, the studio may want to consider sub-contracting the Navy to write script coverage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
January 30, 2006
The film comes across like a recruiting commercial with subliminal 'Join the Navy' messages layered throughout.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 26, 2006
... 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 28, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 26, 2006
This movie samples An Officer and a Gentleman and Top Gun the way Vanilla Ice sampled Bowie.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 26, 2006
There's a good movie to be made about a townie who tests his mettle against the local elites. Plenty of films exploiting this time-honored premise tend to push the right audience buttons. But the Annapolis script is less a script than a checklist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Paul Chambers
April 3, 2010
This military drama never gets moving. Just mainly posturing by all sides concerned. The screenplay was definitely missing in action. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Scott Weinberg
June 29, 2006
The innumerable "saw it coming" plot contrivances begin to stack up like so much cinematic cord wood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 25, 2006
Old-fashioned in the most dull, clunky way possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
February 2, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
January 29, 2006
A fantasy with James Franco as a strong male lead and Jordana Brewster as his child-like female boxing coach.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 26, 2006
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.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 27, 2006
Real-life military trainers -- regardless of gender -- never make you say, 'Wow you're hot!' They make you say, 'I'll do whatever you want, please don't hurt me.'
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kit Bowen
January 27, 2006
Annapolis isn't anything but an over-boiled, corn-fed version of An Officer and a Gentleman.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
It's never less than excruciatingly predictable, unintentionally funny and dripping with moldy clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rebecca Murray
January 26, 2006
Annapolis reminded me of a junior high production of An Officer and a Gentleman retold by cast members who could only recall bits and pieces of the original film.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 28, 2006

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January 28, 2006
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Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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