Newsday's Rafer Guzmán says that the "Baywatch" movie is a great update to the '90s-era show—adding that there's comedy chemistry between Johnson and Efron.
It’s no shocker that Johnson and Efron, both comedy veterans at this point, would work so well together as the insufferable voice of experience and the cocky kid.
Washington Post's Stephanie Merry does not think that the movie reboot is a good update to the TV show. She agrees that Johnson is amazing, but the film falls flat.
The movie couldn’t possibly damage the actor’s popularity. Johnson being Johnson, he’s still a delight to watch.
The movie, based on one of the most popular television series of the 1990s, doesn’t go for the same broad audience as the show. David Hasselhoff’s TV juggernaut about a team of capable lifeguards was fairly family-friendly stuff, even with all the bodacious babes slow-motion jogging along the beach in bathing suits. If the many F-bombs in the first few minutes of this adaptation don’t tip viewers off to the R rating, they’ll have things figured out by the time a character peers underneath the scrotum of a corpse, looking for evidence of malfeasance.