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National Security (2003)



Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 78

The action in National Security is mindless, while the humor says nothing insightful about racial issues.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 22

The action in National Security is mindless, while the humor says nothing insightful about racial issues.



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Earl and Hank have only one thing in common: they're both L.A.P.D. rejects. One just got kicked out of the force--the other can't even get in. After confronting each other on opposite sides of the law, during a traffic stop that escalates out of control, these two luckless individuals end up partnered as lowly security guards. Despite being damned to the lowest rung of the law enforcement ladder, Earl and Hank uncover a sophisticated smuggling operation led by Nash and his band of thugs. When


Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Jay Scherick, David Ronn

May 27, 2003


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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (78) | DVD (17)

It's too bad Martin already made What's the Worst That Could Happen? The title really fits this one.

January 31, 2003
Rolling Stone
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As the two cop manqués overcome their dearth of common sense to save the day, the film achieves a comic playfulness.

January 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Despite some tasty contributions from Lawrence and Zahn, too much of National Security has the bland flavor of microwaved leftovers.

January 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
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Someone has to save us from Lawrence's onslaught of cinematic dross.

January 18, 2003
Arizona Republic
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A lame blend of comedy and action in which both credibility and laughs are blown to smithereens.

January 18, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A retread of all those buddies-in- the-cop-car pictures of the 1980s; not even slightly dusted off.

January 17, 2003
Washington Post
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Indistinguishable dumb action comedy.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

If... Martin Lawrence and Adam Sandler [were] in the same movie, it might... create an anti-comedy field so strong that both their careers would be sucked into the vortex...

January 4, 2004 Full Review

A patently offensive, racist and repulsive waste of celluloid, an affront to blacks, whites and human beings in general.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Put your hands up and back away from this rent-a-flop.

August 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

If rampant misogyny and racism sound like a laugh riot, by all means see National Security, a 'comedy' so aggressively unpleasant that it's worthy of squirms.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

As disposable as they come, National Security is a modestly entertaining re-hash of cop-buddy films of the 80s.

May 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This is a two-star movie dragged down a star because of its unrepentant racism.

April 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (2)
Empire Magazine

Dugan's predictable, thin-plotted lark reads as little more than a black guy-white guy Three's Company.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Is it a thoroughly offensive attempt to disguise a reactionary view of African-Americans as manipulative, self-serving, serial complainers as 'comedy'? Definitely.

February 18, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

A truly inane and flat action comedy.

February 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

'Overall, what more can you say about this two-bit meandering and empty-headed carousing crime comedy? Bottom line: everyone connected with this project ought to be handcuffed to the door handle of a speedy out-of-control police cruiser.'

January 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

My mouth slowly widened, until I realized that I was indeed illustrating what "jaw-droppingly bad" truly means.

January 29, 2003 Full Review Source:

Lawrence has to be the singularly most untalented, most obnoxious, most misogynistic and most racist comedian working in movies today. That's a lot of mosts, but "most overpaid" can be added with his $20 million price tag for this.

January 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

National Security just isn't good enough to be buoyed by Lawrence and an above-average script

January 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Another of the three or four obnoxious, race-baiting flops Hollywood routinely seems to tolerate from Martin Lawrence between can't-miss blockbusters such as "Big Momma's House" and "Bad Boys."

January 21, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

The jokes are so tired and irritating in the film, I found myself anticipating the funny gags from the trailers because those were the only ones that were remotely humorous.

January 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

One of the lamest and cheapest-looking buddy-cop movies to come along since... well, since Blue Streak.

January 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Too often, National Security tries to be a gritty thriller and wacky comedy at once.

January 20, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for National Security

July 29, 2010

Super Reviewer

Complete crap, this movie wasn't even funny one bit!
February 4, 2010
KJ Proulx

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a hot black chick would never date Steve Zahn
July 2, 2009

Super Reviewer

Very funny.
August 14, 2007

Super Reviewer

Movies Like National Security

    1. Hank Rafferty: Hey, do you actually believe the crap that comes out of your mouth?
    2. Earl Montgomery: Well, I'm never really sure till i'm finished talkin'.
    – Submitted by Bryan P (16 months ago)
    1. Earl Montgomery: Time to conceal the weapon.
    – Submitted by Bryan P (16 months ago)
    1. Earl Montgomery: Your partner got killed. You lost your job. You went to jail. Your girlfriend walked. You got a job as a security guard at a hundred and eighty-two dollars a week. You know what you are, Hank? You're a black man.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
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