National Security Reviews

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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.
January 31, 2003
It's too bad Martin already made What's the Worst That Could Happen? The title really fits this one.
January 21, 2003
As the two cop manqus 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.
January 18, 2003
A lame blend of comedy and action in which both credibility and laughs are blown to smithereens.
January 18, 2003
Someone has to save us from Lawrence's onslaught of cinematic dross.
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.
January 17, 2003
Boneheaded throwaway.
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.
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.
January 17, 2003
Lazy and uninspired.
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.
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.
January 17, 2003
Loud, crass, dumb and then even dumber.
January 17, 2003
Has an off-putting racial subtext that makes it difficult to simply sit back and enjoy.
January 17, 2003
I laughed even though Lawrence has been doing the paranoid brother shtick since his sketchy, self-titled-sitcom days.
January 16, 2003
An action farce that's on the stale side of banter-heavy cop high jinks.
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