(2017)

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Metascore

Based on 47 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
67
Baywatch won’t blow anything out of the water (except for the boat it sets on fire), but it will certainly make a splash.
50
The trouble is that the movie plays it boringly straight.
50
Slant Magazine
In terms of body objectification, Baywatch is an equal-opportunity exploiter, but when it comes to comedy, it's a total boys' club.
40
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.
38
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.
30
The film may pretend it’s more sophisticated than the show that spawned it, but its comedic stylings are alarmingly regressive.
25
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.
20
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.
20
Empire
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.
20
Unfunny, unthrilling and unsexy, this doesn’t even reach the low bar set by the source material.

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