Baywatch (2017)

BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 25, 2017
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Baywatch takes its source material's jiggle factor to R-rated levels, but lacks the original's campy charm -- and leaves its charming stars flailing in the shallows.

Megan Garber
The Atlantic

Suffice it to say, too, that there's a lot of delight to be had in the frothy union of the Bay and the Watch, much of it coming from Johnson, who carries the whole of this movie on his epically chiseled lats.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Thank heaven for Dwayne Johnson, whose foot-wide smile will not be switched off, and who saves the life of the movie. Whether it deserves to be saved is another matter.

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Israel Acosta Aroche

Director Seth Gordon fails to present us with a product full of technical glitches that are very noticeable, like the visual effects used in the film, because they feel extremely false. [Full review in Spanish]

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Craig D. Lindsey
Village Voice

Teeters between absurdity and earnestness.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The idea of lifeguards playing detective is so fundamentally ridiculous that making fun of it never gets old.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Sadly, it's yet another disingenuous, botched adaptation that wants to make money off of the fan base, while conveying obvious embarrassment toward the property.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

[Baywatch] won't make anyone think about anything, except maybe about where to plan their next vacation where they, too, can run in slo-mo on the sand. But, with everything else going on in the world these days, that may not be such a bad thing.

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Bob Mondello

Unlike the setup, the story founders and cramps like a tourist who swam too soon after an all-you-can-eat buffet, which is pretty much the only thing the filmmakers don't toss into the water by film's end.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An awful, interminable TV remake...

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It embraces camp in a ridiculous way, with obnoxious characters, shitty actors (even though Dwayne Johnson is charismatic), awful CGI (a clear indicator of a… More
Sean Thomas
Baywatch is a film that treats its audience like morons, despite not being at all intelligent itself.
Drake Tsui
Baywatch's opening sequence sets the tone of the shows ridiculous premise immediately as it quickly recognizes itself as a parody of what was always a… More
Christopher Oakley
It's stupid and crude but I laughed and I thought the chemistry between Johnson and Efron was great. The plot is thin and the acting isn't top rate… More
KJ Proulx
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Philip Price
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