National Security Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Indistinguishable dumb action comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 4, 2004
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...
| Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
A patently offensive, racist and repulsive waste of celluloid, an affront to blacks, whites and human beings in general.
| Original Score: 0/5
Terri Clark
Apollo Guide
August 29, 2003
Put your hands up and back away from this rent-a-flop.
Full Review | Original Score: 38/100
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 26, 2003
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.
| Original Score: .5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 10, 2003
As disposable as they come, National Security is a modestly entertaining re-hash of cop-buddy films of the 80s.
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
April 21, 2003
This is a two-star movie dragged down a star because of its unrepentant racism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jessica Letkemann
Premiere Magazine
March 4, 2003
Dugan's predictable, thin-plotted lark reads as little more than a black guy-white guy Three's Company.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Jamie Russell
February 18, 2003
Is it a thoroughly offensive attempt to disguise a reactionary view of African-Americans as manipulative, self-serving, serial complainers as 'comedy'? Definitely.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
February 9, 2003
A truly inane and flat action comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 31, 2003
It's too bad Martin already made What's the Worst That Could Happen? The title really fits this one.
| Original Score: 1/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 30, 2003
'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.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
January 29, 2003
My mouth slowly widened, until I realized that I was indeed illustrating what "jaw-droppingly bad" truly means.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 22, 2003
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.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 22, 2003
National Security just isn't good enough to be buoyed by Lawrence and an above-average script
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
January 21, 2003
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."
| Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Michael Miller
Village Voice
January 21, 2003
As the two cop manqués overcome their dearth of common sense to save the day, the film achieves a comic playfulness.
Kevin Carr
Film Threat
January 21, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
January 21, 2003
One of the lamest and cheapest-looking buddy-cop movies to come along since... well, since Blue Streak.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 20, 2003
Too often, National Security tries to be a gritty thriller and wacky comedy at once.
| Original Score: 1/4
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