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
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2017
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Critic Score: 18% 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.

Gary M. Kramer

The biggest disappointment of this feature is that it's not even so bad it's good.

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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.

Jamie Neish

What the director and writers have done is turn something that's considered by many to be dumb-but-fun into an overlong, unfunny film that's just plain dumb.

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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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Carl Kozlowski
Pasadena Weekly

Baywatch is so off-base on every level that it nearly made me want to quit my career as a film critic.

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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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Ed Williamson

Self-awareness is what got Zac Efron and his co-star The Rock where they are today, and so a riff on Baywatch, sending up how daft it was, feels like just the ticket. So why isn't it sillier?

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Right, so I know precisely feck all about Baywatch the TV show apart from the fact it starred the legendary David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. Baywatch was… More
KJ Proulx
The notion of basing a film on a pre-existing pop-culture phenomenon isn't anything new, and quite frankly should be expected each and every year to come… More
Carlos Magalh„es
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
Bradley J
Baywatch is swimming with wholly unlikable characters with over-the-top personalities. Any relatable or funny material is immediately drowned by the poor script… More
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
Brendan Nicholls
When I heard the Baywatch world was getting a comedy reboot it sounded odd but the casting had me sold. Johnson has a lot of charisma and the young supporting… More