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National Security Reviews

January 31, 2003
It's too bad Martin already made What's the Worst That Could Happen? The title really fits this one.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 21, 2003
As the two cop manqués overcome their dearth of common sense to save the day, the film achieves a comic playfulness.
January 20, 2003
Despite some tasty contributions from Lawrence and Zahn, too much of National Security has the bland flavor of microwaved leftovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 18, 2003
A lame blend of comedy and action in which both credibility and laughs are blown to smithereens.
Read More | Original Score: D+
January 18, 2003
Someone has to save us from Lawrence's onslaught of cinematic dross.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 17, 2003
A retread of all those buddies-in- the-cop-car pictures of the 1980s; not even slightly dusted off.
January 17, 2003
A by-the-numbers sop to adolescent testosterone overload.
January 17, 2003
The film is clearly an anti-racist warning, but Earl's silly, closed-minded anger is a major distraction from the comedy though most of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 17, 2003
Boneheaded throwaway.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 17, 2003
Combines a sour story with a repellent lead character, deadly comic schtick and tin-eared direction to produce 90 minutes of sheer, plodding mirthlessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
January 17, 2003
If it does anything at all, National Security should demonstrate the diminishing returns of Lawrence trying to outswagger, outsass and outshoot Eddie Murphy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 17, 2003
Lazy and uninspired.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 17, 2003
Its acrimonious message lies in the way it depicts black oversensitivity and an atmosphere of political correctness as the only obstacles to harmony.
Read More | Original Score: C
January 17, 2003
Squanders the goodwill generated by some genuine laughs early in its running time with an inevitable descent into generic plotting, tired physical gags and lots and lots of things blowing up.
January 17, 2003
Without losing its comic rhythm for a moment, it is also a withering spoof of black victimism and the corrupting effect of racial solidarity on the American legal system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2003
Loud, crass, dumb and then even dumber.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 17, 2003
Has an off-putting racial subtext that makes it difficult to simply sit back and enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 17, 2003
I laughed even though Lawrence has been doing the paranoid brother shtick since his sketchy, self-titled-sitcom days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2003
An action farce that's on the stale side of banter-heavy cop high jinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 16, 2003
It's meant to wear down and demoralize critics who are about to launch into a whole new year of worthless buddy comedies.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 16, 2003
National Security lacks the wit to do anything new and instead recycles tired jokes and attitudes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 16, 2003
A film that's both laugh out loud funny and surprisingly subtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2003
Movies like National Security are indicative of how little creativity exists in most high-profile Hollywood offerings, and how little faith filmmakers have in the intelligence of multiplex audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 16, 2003
The less you engage your brain, the more you'll enjoy National Security.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 16, 2003
It's not really clear what's being stolen or why, but reason isn't as important to the screen writing team of Jay Scherick and David Ronn as getting to the next car chase.
January 16, 2003
[Zahn] looks perpetually on the verge of an aneurysm, relieved only by periodic slo-mo shootouts that set a new standard in post-Michael Bay preposterousness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 16, 2003
I wouldn't race out to see National Security, but it does give you exactly what you'd expect: yuks, explosions and brawling buddies rolling all over those overused L.A. freeways.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 16, 2003
A film that may not breach national security, but is an unfortunate breach of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: C-