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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

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

  • NA
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A sour story with a repellent lead character, deadly comic schtick and tin-eared direction to produce 90 minutes of sheer, plodding mirthlessness. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The picture is all Lawrence and Zahn, whose dynamics get something going, though not enough (please!) to spark a buddy sequel. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Has many more downs than ups, but this ragged action comedy, with Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn as mismatched buddies, rings some outrageously funny changes on a deadly serious genre of amateur video that began with Rodney King. show more

  • 38
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It's too bad the film never makes good on its early promise, but clearly, the rolling fireballs and flying bullets are the priority. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The film is profane. But who knew police brutality could play as a laughing matter? show more

  • 75
    Ray Conlogue The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Entertaining and well done. 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. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Lawrence and Zahn generate enough comic tension and mayhem to jump-start this mass of action-comedy cliches into a fairly amusing show. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Lawrence is often more irritating than funny, and it doesn't help that the direction is pedestrian and the screenplay dismal. show more

  • 25
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Everything about National Security is so lazy and uninspired, it's hard to believe that director Dennis Dugan also made "Happy Gilmore," arguably Adam Sandler's funniest movie. show more

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