National Security

Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 13 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Lawrence and Zahn generate enough comic tension and mayhem to jump-start this mass of action-comedy cliches into a fairly amusing show.
  2. 50
    As the two cop manqués overcome their dearth of common sense to save the day, the film achieves a comic playfulness.
  3. The funny thing about Lawrence is he's often paired with a partner (e.g., ''Blue Streak,'' ''Bad Boys,'' etc.), yet has no aptitude for sharing the screen.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    50
    Comes off as a retro reprise of those slam-bang, buddy-buddy action-comedies that proliferated throughout the '80s in the wake of "48 HRS."
  5. 50
    Lawrence is often more irritating than funny, and it doesn't help that the direction is pedestrian and the screenplay dismal.
  6. 50
    The career of the lovably tense Zahn may benefit more from this movie than that of Lawrence, who’s funny, here and there, but who appears to be working at half speed.
  7. 40
    The cliched plot and unconvincing action sequences -- don't blend well with the comic scenes and make the film look painfully cheap.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Mar 28, 2015
    5
    It's aggravating racist controlled premise is worn within the first ten minutes of the film, but overall is mostly covered by the qualityIt's aggravating racist controlled premise is worn within the first ten minutes of the film, but overall is mostly covered by the quality performances of Zahn and Lawrence. Full Review »