Baywatch 2017 starring Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson: Critics’ Reviews.

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Baywatch 2017 : “Beaches ain’t ready”

Baywatch 2017 is coming to theaters this week. The cast include Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson, alongside Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra. The movie is an homage to the 1989 Original Baywatch hit television show.

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Baywatch 2017: Here are the critics’ thoughts.

Time Out New York – Joshua Rothkopf.

The actors are what save it. Not only does Johnson build on his subversive 
persona of hulking, dim-witted likability, 
but he’s joined by Neighbors’ Zac Efron, today’s reigning king of the hazy one-liner. Full review.

Indiewire – Jude Dry.

Baywatch won’t blow anything out of the water (except for the boat it sets on fire), but it will certainly make a splash. Full review.

New York Daily News – Stephen Whitty.  

After a sharp, satiric opening, though, Baywatch slowly sinks. The scenery is pretty, including the actors, but Johnson and Efron are better at making fun of themselves than landing zingers. Full review.

USA Today – Brian Truitt.

This Baywatch has its share of hilarious moments but never fully commits to the absurd, and even the cleverest jokes get so many callbacks, they’re beating a dead seahorse. Full review.

Slant Magazine – Keith Watson.

In terms of body objectification, Baywatch is an equal-opportunity exploiter, but when it comes to comedy, it’s a total boys’ club. Full review.

Variety – Owen Gleiberman.

The trouble is that the movie plays it boringly straight. Full review.

The Hollywood Reporter – Frank Scheck.

Johnson and Efron possess impressive muscles, but the performers have never done as much heavy lifting as they do here. And to their credit, they succeed to some degree. Full review.

Movie Nation – Roger Moore.

It’s a goof that isn’t goofy enough, a romp that doesn’t, and a tone-deaf riff on a show that was already a parody, in and of itself. Full review.

Screen International – Tim Grierson.

The film may pretend it’s more sophisticated than the show that spawned it, but its comedic stylings are alarmingly regressive. Full review.

TheWrap – Alonso Duralde.

A summer franchise movie that can’t decide if it wants to be a hard-R bawdy comedy, a d-bag-comes-of-age tale or a fairly unironic reboot of the glossy TV show (which ran from 1989-2001), Baywatch fails at all three, despite the best efforts of the perennially game Johnson and Zac Efron. Full review.

Total Film – Matthew Leyland.

Unfunny, unthrilling and unsexy, this doesn’t even reach the low bar set by the source material. Full review.

Empire – Nick de Semlyen.

Tonally, Baywatch veers all over the place like a drunk on a speedboat, making for one of the most lacklustre comedies of the year so far. Full review.

The Guardian – Steve Rose.

By about halfway in, the gags dry up and the story sinks like an overweight tourist who took a dip too early after the all-you-can-eat surf ’n’ turf buffet. Full review.

 

  • Synopsis:

Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

  • Director:Seth Gordon.
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, Ilfenesh Hadera, Rob Huebel, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, John Cenatiempo, Pamela Anderson.
  • Runtime: 116min.
  • Release Date: May 25, 2017.
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy.
  • MPAA Rating: R.

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