The Rock Shrugs Off Baywatch's Bad Reviews

Posted 2017/05/26 0 0

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is hoping to get the last laugh on critics who are lambasting his new movie “Baywatch.”

 

Dwayne’s latest romp, the much-anticipated Baywatch movie, is a critical dud, racking up a meager 19% approval rating among film critics on Rotten Tomatoes. But that don't mean a thing to The Rock, currently the highest paid actor in Hollywood according to Forbes and the sexiest man alive according to People, who is more concerned with fans having a good time at theaters. After being informed on Twitter that Baywatch had a slight approval uptick of 2% on Rotten Tomatoes, he chimed in with his general indifference towards critics.

To see how bad the lifeguard flick is drowning with critics, check out this review roundup:

Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post: "Johnson being Johnson, he's still a delight to watch. But there's only so much a charismatic giant can do when he's up against a blend of lazy gross-out humor and inane male wish fulfillment weighed down by terrible editing and lame action."

Brian Lowry, CNN: "Crude and silly, searching for the laughs in this R-rated comedy is the equivalent of scouring the beach with a metal detector looking for lost items."

Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly: "The lowbrow humor is lazy and repetitive, and the action scenes are flat-out terrible."

Jody Mitori, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "…struggles to maintain the comic tone as the movie drags on with repetitious jokes and bickering over why the patrol team doesn't defer to the police."

Jocelyn Novek, Associated Press: "It eventually gets wearisome, despite the best efforts of Efron and especially Johnson, who can enliven any scene."

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: "Johnson and Efron are as likable as ever, but they've played better-developed characters on Saturday Night Live."

Max Weiss, Baltimore Magazine: "Most of the "jokes," such as they were, have a mean-spirited edge and virtually none of them made me laugh."

The thing is, the bad reviews aren't even really all that bad! For instance Soren Anderson of the Seattle Times wrote:

"It's all just a day at the beach, harmlessly fun and instantly forgettable."

Baywatch follows a group of lifeguards who set out to save their beach when they discover a criminal plot taking place right one their shore. The film is directed by Seth Gordon and stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Jon Bass and Ilfenesh Hadera.

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