The first large-screen Baywatch film has failed to produce a splash with most film critics.
The film, set for release Friday, stars Dwayne Johnson as head lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, a role David Hasselhoffplayed on the hit syndicated series, while Zac Efron portrays colleague Matt Brody. The film also features Kelly Rohrbach, Alexandra Daddario and Priyanka Chopra. Meanwhile, Hasselhoff and fellow past original star Pamela Anderson also produce appearances.
But the eye sweet and the nostalgia was not enough for many.
Here are five reviews from top critics.
1. The unique York Post‘s Reed Tucker gives Baywatch 1 and 1/2 out of 4 stars, writing that the film is “is sterling for celeb-ogling, but not much else.”
“The script spends much of its time developing the banter-driven relationship between the male leads, leaving the unlucky female members of Team Baywatch dinky to distinguish themselves from one another beyond their cup size and hair color,” he says.
He also inserts a Hasselhoff-related joke.
“On the colorful side, it’ll probably finish killer commerce, trade in Germany,” he writes.
2. Indiewire‘s Jude Dry gives the film a B- score and says, “whether you notice beyond the dick jokes, Baywatch is actually pretty fun.”
He criticizes the way the women, including Chopra’s villain character, are portrayed.
“It’s as whether the writers were so pleased with themselves for writing a female villain they forgot to give her a personality,” he writes. “In fact, the female characters, though at least there are four of them, are not memorable save for some fairly…broad traits.”
“However, the premise is surprisingly ripe for a revamp; something approximately the blow-up floaties, the water rescues, and the red suits just screams summer blockbuster,” he added. “Baywatch won’t blow anything out of the water (apart from for the boat it sets on fire), but it will certainly produce a splash.”
3. Collider‘s Matt Goldberg gives Baywatch a D+ score.
The film, he says, “is a comedy in search of an ideology.”
“In the opening scene, it looks like it’s going to be an over the top, gleeful parody with dolphins high-fiving as the title slams down behind Mitch, who’s carrying an injured parasailor to safety,” he writes. “But then the film will repeatedly to return to the notion that cops, not lifeguards, should be solving the case of drugs leaking into the bay. It doesn’t know whether should deflate the bombast of its comedy or fade for broke. This leaves it awkwardly standing in the middle ground, clinging to any dick joke it can find for safety.”
4. IGN Movies‘ Gav Murphy gives the film a score of 4.8 out of 10.
“Before seeing Baywatch, I felt like the whole thing had a lot of promise but unfortunately that’s hidden behind stagnant comedy which has been sold to us under the cheap guise of something recognizable from 25 years ago,” he writes. “21 Jump Street worked because it was not only an unexpected genre-shift, but a genuinely silly satirical comedy with consistently strong performances and likable characters, but Baywatch wastes its appealing cast on tired jokes and nothing—not even the element of surprise—on its side.”
5. The A.V. Club‘s Sean O’Neal gives Baywatch a C- score.
“Johnson seems to be willing Baywatch into being the action-comedy franchise he’s long deserved with every bulging vein in his body, and he’s so enthusiastic that you root for him to succeed, in spite of every misgiving (God befriend us whether he decides to fade through with that presidential hasten),” he writes. “Unfortunately, The Rock and Efron don’t precisely produce for a classic buddy-cop team.
“Here, they’ve designed another limp, shallow content-delivery machine that’s concerned only with hitting the notes legally required to utilize the Baywatch name,” he adds. “That philosophy continues right down to the compulsory ‘surprise’ cameos from David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, who, much like the fixed slack motion, are there simply to congratulate the audience for getting the reference. After perfect, nobody—not even the filmmakers—cares approximately Baywatch perfect that much. Yet the joke’s on them: In spoofing something so forgettable, they’ve made something even less memorable.”