Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

E.L. James' kinky best-seller gets the big screen treatment with this Universal Pictures/Focus Features co-production. The steamy tale details a masochistic relationship between a college student and a businessman, whose desires for… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Romance
Release Date: May 8, 2015
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While creatively better endowed than its print counterpart, Fifty Shades of Grey is a less than satisfying experience on the screen.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Fifty Shades of Grey delivers, however ponderously, on its promise of pop transgressiveness.

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Christy Lemire

It realizes this story is ridiculous in ways the book itself never could. It has an actual sense of humor.

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David Keyes

Certainly there is an audience out there for this kind of story, and with any luck neither you nor I will ever have to interact with it.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Basically, they made a lousy, mid-2000s-era Katherine Heigl romance with a handful of explicit sex scenes spliced throughout the familiar clichés.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

It's been said that the movie contains 20 minutes of sex; if this is the case, it must contain at least 40 minutes of Ana biting her lip or putting a pencil in her mouth.

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Jasper Rees
The Arts Desk

This is a wannabe tragedy (with whips) about the knightly failure to commit to the maiden's romantic narrative.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Think of it as the "Downton Abbey" of bondage, designed neither to menace nor to offend but purely to cosset the fatigued imagination.

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James Berardinelli

Who would have imagined that a movie about sex could be so boring?

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Mark Abraham
Paste Magazine

Ultimately, Fifty Shades of Grey spends two hours describing a relationship that is bound to fail and doesn't even seem all that fun while it's occurring.

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Jarrad Climpson
Firstly I'm not quite sure how I feel about the movie. In all honesty I have read the book and I can safely say the movie is far more toned down and hence… More
Letitia Lew
Is it a great movie? No. But is it great porn (especially for women)? *nods vigorously* If you're a woman who is frustrated with the lack of storyline… More
Carlos Magalhães
An infinitely more sexist version of Twilight, only with BDSM (or the ridiculous, twisted idea that E. L. James has of it) in lieu of vampirism but, of course,… More
Alice Shen
It wasn't terrible. I had read the first couple pages of the book and found the writing to be insufferable, but I also fully expected the screenplay to… More