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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)



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

Movie Info

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 extreme intimacy pen from secrets in his past. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language)
Genre: Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Kelly Marcel, E.L. James
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 8, 2015
Focus Features - Official Site


Jamie Dornan
as Christian Grey
Dakota Johnson
as Anastasia Steele
Luke Grimes
as Elliot Grey
Marcia Gay Harden
as Dr. Grace Trevelyan ...
Max Martini
as Jason Taylor
Eloise Mumford
as Kate Kavanagh
Dylan Neal
as Robbin "Bob" Adams
Andrew Airlie
as Mr. Grey
Emily Fonda
as Martina
Anthony Konechny
as Paul Clayton
Bruce Dawson
as Mr. Clayton
Tom Butler
as WSU University Stude...
Christine Willes
as WSU Grad Speaker/Rea...
Chris Shields
as WSU Professor
Megan Danso
as Female Grad
Jason Cermak
as Graduation Photograp...
Brent McLaren
as Computer Technician
Steven Cree Molison
as Glider Tow Pilot
Elise Gatien
as Young Woman at Bar
Reese Alexander
as Elevator Businessman
David Orth
as Savannah Hotel Waite...
Julia Dominczak
as Pigtailed Blonde Ser...
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Critic Reviews for Fifty Shades of Grey

All Critics (240) | Top Critics (48)

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

Full Review… | December 30, 2015
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

In the lacking of an engaging subjectivity, the narrative of sexual awakening falls flat.

Full Review… | May 15, 2016

While the film is arguably no better or worse than its literary source, it does shatter the fantasies of sexual desire and sexual pleasure constructed within the novel.

Full Review… | May 12, 2016
Film Ireland Magazine

A guilty, if not particularly memorable, pleasure.

Full Review… | April 26, 2016
New Zealand Herald

Funny (often intentionally!), ferociously unsexy, and roundly entertaining from beginning to end.

Full Review… | April 10, 2016

It's a warped, disturbingly abusive adult fairy tale from start to finish.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
The Film Stage

Audience Reviews for Fifty Shades of Grey

Though the depiction of a BDSM relationship as solely abusive is ridiculous, and the characters are bland cardboard cutouts, some of this I actually enjoyed. It makes fun of itself occasionally and can actually warrant a laugh. Visually this film is pretty well shot, with balanced, eye catching frames, and beautiful visuals of the Seattle landscape. The soundtrack and songs were really tonally perfect, though I didn't see the film as a love story so much as an off-balance depiction of an already degraded and misunderstood group of people.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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 compelling to watch than it was to read, yet I felt like the sex scenes were never quite sexy just really awkward. And hence my confusion with this movie because when its not showing a sex scene the movie was actually quite comedic and Dakota Johnson kills it adding far more layers to the one-dimensional Ana of the book. Jamie Dornan on the other hand can be quite wooden (pun not intended, okay maybe it was HA) and doesn't necessarily catch the tortured soul of Christian Grey. I mean lets be honest here the books are complete shit so there's not much working for the movie from the beginning and secondary characters are given about a minute's screen time each and hence totally underutilised. It's beautifully shot and well-lit and props to the actors for being comfortable to strip down next to nothing but the movie lacks substance and doesn't explore the psychology of BDSM culture. In summation I think Dakota Johnson was the highlight of this film and I hope she finds better work as she has the acting chops. This review feels awkward sorry. 2/5

Jarrad Climpson
Jarrad Climpson

Super Reviewer

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, with another low-self-esteem "heroine" and a gorgeous, domineering and overcontrolling stalker as her phallic object of desire.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Fifty Shades of Grey Quotes

José: Smile, or don't!
– Submitted by Fiona J (8 months ago)
Christian Grey: My balls sure could have the sherbet licked clean off.
– Submitted by Alec R (12 months ago)
Anastasia Steele: Enlighten me then.
– Submitted by Melinda L (14 months ago)
Christian Grey: Laters, baby.
– Submitted by Rakaiza N (14 months ago)

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