Annapolis 2006

Critics score:
10 / 100

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Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: 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. Read more

Ted Fry, Seattle Times: An alternate title for this atrocious clutter of morality cliches could be A Plebeian and a Gentleman. But that's giving too much credit to just one of the cinematic muses Annapolis desperately wants to follow. Read more

Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice: 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. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ... Annapolis is ordinary in every way. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: ...basically a military-recruitment commercial. Read more

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: Actually, the lyrics to In the Navy are more sophisticated than Annapolis, which was assembled by the handy-dandy Disney make-a-movie kit and is loaded with parts borrowed from other films. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Annapolis is more entertaining than any Navy recruitment ad ought to be. Read more

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times: Neither lagging military recruitment nor movie attendance is likely to be helped by Annapolis, a by-the-numbers underdog drama set at the storied U.S. Naval Academy in the Maryland port of the title. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Any resemblance (except qualitatively) to An Officer and A Gentleman is strictly unaccidental. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: Annapolis leaves you vaguely seasick from unearned adrenaline. The editing works to make the climaxes sharp, but in the end your stomach is too empty to keep it all down. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Competently made but painfully similar to a plethora of films that have come before it, Annapolis is simply too familiar to land any real punches. Read more

Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly: Compellingly reserved and inscrutable at the start, Franco starts to lose us by the second hour ... Read more

John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press: Wobbles unsteadily between a military recruitment vehicle and an underdog boxing picture. Read more

Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News: Annapolis is as predictable as stale bread. You can plot the film's conclusion, oh, at about the midway point. Even the few plot twists can be guessed miles away. Read more

James C. Taylor, L.A. Weekly: Reports suggest that Annapolis was filmed last year, but watching this naval clunker, you'd swear it had been on the shelf since before the Gulf War. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: Annapolis resembles Top Gun and An Officer and a Gentleman only in their infrequent indulgence in cliche, contrivance and crowd-pleasing flourishes. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: The film is part boxing saga, part military recruiting ad and 100 percent cliche. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: A record number of movie cliches are strung together for the otherwise forgettable boot-camp drama Annapolis. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: This isn't as much a movie as it is a recipe for a cinematic casserole in which the ingredients are cliches and rip-offs. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: ... 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. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, 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. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: While Officer is an almost-great movie, Annapolis, watered down and one degree further from inspiration, is merely an almost-good movie. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Apparently the filmmakers are counting on viewers not remembering An Officer and a Gentleman, which seems fairly unlikely. Then again, the plot is so predictable that no prior knowledge is necessary to figure out where it's going. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: The stuff is digestible, I suppose, but few would argue that it goes down a treat. In fact, at the risk of insubordination, you could do worse than greet this navy chow with a crisp salute and a snappy, 'Sir, no, sir.' Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: The movie plays out with the same martial drumbeat inevitability of a parade march. Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: Annapolis moves at a decent clip, but it's all cliches ... Read more

Brian Lowry, Variety: 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. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: 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. Read more