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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.



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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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Dwayne Johnson
as Mitch Buchannon
Zac Efron
as Matt Brody
Kelly Rohrbach
as C.J. Parker
Priyanka Chopra
as Victoria Leeds
Ilfenesh Hadera
as Stephanie Holden
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Critic Reviews for Baywatch

All Critics (231) | Top Critics (50)

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

    Nov 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's a long haul and despite his rescue efforts, the one-joke script fails to make it.

    Jun 7, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Teeters between absurdity and earnestness.

    May 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    May 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/5
  • From scene to scene, it's never quite clear whether this Baywatch is paying tribute to its model or sending it up.

    May 31, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Baywatch

  • Jan 26, 2019
    This is so bad I've been checking my phone for the last 20 minutes, I can barely make it through. Just a horrible, charm less collection of dick jokes, stereotypes and lousy music. Without The Rock I would have quit an hour ago.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2018
    Goddamn, it's been almost 9 months since I've had Amazon Prime but, finally, we are back together again my sweet. Prime, in my opinion, has bigger movies available quicker than Netflix does. That's not to shit on Netflix, because I love Netflix more than I love my own life, but it's an observation I've made. Having said that, why is my first movie back on Prime Baywatch? Honestly, I don't even know. I was leaning towards xXx: Return of Xander Cage, but then I switched to this. And this is over options like It Comes At Night and The Big Sick, mind you, films that I've wanted to see for the longest time. Neither here nor there, I suppose. I guess I just wanted something not as serious. With that said, however, let's talk about Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and his track record. To say that the man is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, box office draw in the world is not an understatement. He is a man that, just by his presence alone, he raises a film's exposure exponentially. For proof of this, Rampage, his last movie, in my (and everyone's) eyes, completely overperformed, making more than three times its budget worldwide ($413 million gross on a $120 million budget). Rampage, while based on a video game, isn't super popular in today's gaming landscape. So, to me, the film's success can be attributed to his star power. But, really, even the mightiest of box office draws have their 'failures' at the movies. Tom Cruise has The Mummy, Will Smith had Wild Wild West and, you could say, The Rock has Baywatch. Though, commercially, this movie was successful ($178 million gross on a $69 million budget). I guess the failure comes in the expectation that this movie would make much more money than it did, given the strength of The Rock's ability to bring in the people. And, of course, this film was fairly savaged by critics. It even received five Razzie award nominations, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor for Zac Efron. Some people would even say that this was the worst movie of 2017. Which brings us to what I thought about this. Of course, this was never gonna meant to be a contender for any serious film awards. And there's nothing wrong with that, of course, not everything has to be Oscar-caliber. But, in my opinion, there's nothing terrible about this movie, in the slightest. I've seen some really bad movies lately and Baywatch isn't close to being one of them. It's not even fucking close. I can name four movies, right off the top of my head, that were considerably worse than this: Wrecker (last movie I reviewed), Family Blood, Temple and The Emoji Movie. And I can name others, but I would be here a while and I don't wanna waste my time and yours, esteemd reader. The Razzie nominations, in my opinion, weren't necessarily fair because the Razzies are always gonna lean towards higher profile movies to award their nominations to. They're not gonna give a nomination to Family Blood for worst movie, since barely anybody knows of that film's existence. And, maybe, they really did think this was a terrible movie but, again, if you're gonna 'celebrate' terrible movies, be fair about it and include movies that were terrible that people might not know about. Also Zac Efron got a nom for wost actor? I mean, really??? Say what you will about Efron, but he's a fairly good comedic actor. I mean that legitimately. Look at his work in Neighbors and its sequel and get back to me. He's got some comedic chops and, really, the best thing about this movie really is the cast and their chemistry. With that said, however, you might think that I'm defending this movie because I thought it was good. Well, actually, you would be wrong about that. I'd say that this was a perfectly decent movie, nothing more and nothing less. I suppose the concept that I've seen worse movies recently is not a good one, since it doesn't actually explain why I thought this was a slightly better than below average movie. I think why this movie 'falls' apart is because it's way too self-aware of its own absurdity. Efron's character even references this in a line in this movie. This is aware of how absurd it is that lifeguards are investigating murders that might be connected to one larger conspiracy involving buying real estate through the threat of a deadly drug. And, honestly, that self-awareness is problematic. The original Baywatch was a complete campy cheesefest. I feel that the writing crew knew this, of course, but they never once let it come across on their scripts. These episodes were filmed in earnest, so the fact that it was incredibly campy is part of its charm. Full House is another 90s cheesefest but, again, its camp and corniness is more entertaining as a result of the fact that they're oblivious to it. Try to do Full House today, but everyone is aware that they're in a 90s sitcom and they poke fun at its cliched stories. It just wouldn't work, it would not work at all. And you could definitely say that about this movie. They poke fun at the absurdity of the show's concept, about how every hot female lifeguard seems to run in slo-mo, among many others. Another problem is that there's some more 'serious' moments here. Like Brody going through some sort of mental breakdown as a result of his failures at the Olympics and his failure to fit in within the lifeguards' team structure, also how Thorpe made Brody Lieutenant by firing Mitch for overstepping his 'legal' boundaries. The rest of the group reacts as if Brody didn't really fight for Mitch and, really, while that's true, he was also very apprehensive and he didn't even want the job. It was either that or Thorpe sent him to jail (Brody was sent to Baywatch for community service on a plea deal for a drug bust or something). So for the team to treat him like sort of pariah didn't really make sense. I don't think a Baywatch movie, in 2017 (the year it was released), should worry about having any sort of more serious moments. Also, one other thing, there's also no real reason why this movie should have been close to two hours. The cast is fun and they make the movie far more watchable than it probably would have been without them but, let's be honest, there's not enough material here to justify its length. This might have even received a higher rating if it was maybe 95 minutes long. You keep the pacing tighter, the 'action' moves quicker and there's not a lot of dead air, which you could definitely argue there is here. For example, the morgue scene goes on way too long. As far as raunchy comedies go, this one is definitely a little on the tamer side. I do understand the criticism of the humor being a little crude, in that I feel that it's a little too simplistic. Because, to me, outside of Brody's character checking a dead guy's taint, there's no real raunchiness to be had here. There's also Ronnie getting his dick stuck in a wooden beach chair. But, to be honest, that's about it. Or that's all that I can remember, at the very least. There's probably more, but I just forgot about it. And I feel that that's this movie's biggest contribution. I've seen bad movies, but this is not one of them. I've seen plenty of decent but, ultimately, very forgettable movies and this is definitely one of them. Some might think this was the worst movie of the year, but those people clearly haven't seen The Emoji Movie. Holy fucking shit, talk about a terrible movie. Still, I wouldn't recommend this, since it falls short of being a good movie, but I had no problem sitting through this. I know that's not exactly a glowing recommendation, but for a self-aware Baywatch, that's really the best thing that you can say.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2018
    Based on the hit '90s television series, Baywatch is a big-budget action comedy that falls flat. The story follows a disgraced Olympic swimmer who gets a second chance as a lifeguard, but must prove himself to alpha male head lifeguard Mitch; who takes his job super seriously. Despite being led by Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexandra Daddario, the cast is pretty underwhelming. And, the villain is especially weak and has a nonsensical plan. Also, the comedy is poorly written, going for a lot of cheap sex jokes and gross-out humor. But worst of all, it's not very sexy and there's nothing exotic about the beach. A complete mess, Baywatch isn't that fun or entertaining, and has none of the charm that the television show had.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2018
    pas le film de l'année, mais se prend pas trop au sérieux et est drôle par moment.
    Super Reviewer

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