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Baywatch (15)

Action, Comedy, Drama

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.

The critical consensus

The mark Baywatch should be aiming for is 21 Jump Street. Bad news: it’s ended up more like 21 Chump Street.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Nick De Semlyen, Empire Online, 23/05/2017

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

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Matthew Leyland, Total Film, 23/05/2017

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron go chest to chest in a limp big-screen update of the 90s TV show that doesn’t have the wit or stamina to stay afloat.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 23/05/2017

Knowing take on the TV series begins promisingly and then takes a dive.

**(*)(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 23/05/2017

Even The Rock can't hold this clichéd, crass comedy together.

**(*)(*)(*)Jack Shepherd, The Independent, 23/05/2017

Some decent gags, but the film quickly falls to pieces despite Johnson’s best efforts.

**(*)(*)(*)Amy Bowker, Little White Lies, 23/05/2017

A franchise that doesn’t need saving.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 24/05/2017

A big-screen action comedy revival of the TV lifeguards show flashes plenty of flesh but not much else.

**(*)(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 28/05/2017

This is witless, crude and deeply disappointing.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 02/06/2017

The film doesn’t really know what to do with its source material either, half-heartedly calling out the show’s casual sexism, but clearly unsure of how familiar modern audiences are with its slow-mo leeriness or, indeed, its original stars.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 06/06/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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