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Fifty Shades Darker (2017)



Critic Consensus: Lacking enough chemistry, heat, or narrative friction to satisfy, the limp Fifty Shades Darker wants to be kinky but only serves as its own form of punishment.

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Anastasia has broken off her relationship with the troubled Christian to pursue a new career in a Seattle publishing house.

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Dakota Johnson
as Anastasia Steele
Jamie Dornan
as Christian Grey
Eric Johnson
as Jack Hyde
Rita Ora
as Mia Grey
Luke Grimes
as Elliot Grey
Victor Rasuk
as José Rodriguez
Bella Heathcote
as Leila Williams
Kim Basinger
as Elena Lincoln
Bruce Altman
as Jerry Roach
Andrew Airlie
as Carrick Grey
Robinne Lee
as Ros Bailey
Fay Masterson
as Mrs. Jones
Ryker Brown
as 4-Year Old Christian
Logan Brown
as 4-Year Old Christian
Carmen Dollard
as Christian's Birth Mom
Ellen Ewusie
as Gallery Guest
Elizabeth McLaughlin
as Gallery Owner
Michael Meneer
as Auctioneer
Michael St. John Smith
as Auction Bidder
Derek Green
as Auction Bidder
Michelle Harrison
as Auction Bidder
Mark DeCarlo
as News Anchor
Bill Dow
as Willis
Stephanie Florian
as News Reporter
Colin Lawrence
as Penthouse Restaurant Customer
Lucia Walters
as Penthouse Restaurant Customer
Brooke Johnston
as Whispering Gallery Lady
Paniz Zade
as Salon Receptionist
Carmel Amit
as Whispering Guest at Masked Party
Isaiah Dobbs
as Flower Delivery Man
Jose James
as Gala Crooner
Gala Crooner
as José James
Otis Brown
as Band Member
Josh Hari
as Band Member
Rob Compton
as Yacht Captain
Ryan Mellors
as Juggler
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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (40)

Fifty Shades Darker is not darker or better. It's watered down, raincoat-brigade style erotica, even with the spiced-vanilla S&M.

March 3, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Fifty Shades Darker, which fails so many tests of basic storytelling competence, is all the more stunning for its success at a task that most movies don't even bother attempting: depicting a woman's sexual pleasure.

February 24, 2017 | Full Review…
The New Republic
Top Critic

The story of a woman who gives her man better values and a man who gives his woman better clothes, both of them suffering so much for a little bit of nookie.

February 13, 2017 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Has even the target audience for this junk finally had enough?

February 13, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
New York Observer
Top Critic

A movie this bad deserves to have its flaws enunciated clearly...

February 12, 2017 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

The movies aren't so bad they're good. They're so brilliantly bad they're genius, with Foley dutifully presenting every inane plot point while gifting us excuses to laugh.

February 10, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Fifty Shades Darker

Since I didn't want to risk having my cucumber confiscated while viewing this at the theater, I had to wait for an Asian HD bootleg to watch this sequel to the 2015 smash success "Fifty Shades of Grey". The bootleg I watched had all of the sex scenes removed, so I fortunately skipped all of the pap and got straight to the smear. This worked out perfectly for two reasons. For one, it's kind of embarrassing to eat a whole cucumber by myself during an erotic thriller. Second, the sex scenes might be too tittilating. This is uncomfortable as I am a devout Mormon and refuse to commit sexual relations until I am faithfully wed to my second and third wives. Speaking of Mormons, Stephanie Meyer, the author of the "Twilight" saga, inspired E.L. James to adapt her erotic "Twilight" fan fiction (titled "Master of the Universe") into what we now know as the "Fifty Shades" trilogy. Needless to say, fans of the "Twilight" books and movies will thoroughly enjoy the romance and nuanced acting common to both film franchises. Not having seen the preceding film, I was hoping that I could just infer what happened before the events in this movie. I did. Christian Grey is a sexy businessman who grew up in a broken home with a crack whore mother. He escaped his humble beginnings to become an illuminati-tier billionaire who enlists young women to sign BDSM contracts so he can violently (and romantically) act out his childhood trauma on them - with a heart of gold. Anastasia Steele is a beautiful girl-next-door who wants to make a career in the publishing industry on her own terms (presumably to distribute her "Twilight" fan fiction). After a rough patch of enduring Christian's abuse and breaking up, she immediately gets back together with him after he buys the company she works for and forces his way back into her heart because he is sorry about the sexual and mental abuse. I assume they have lots of steamy sexual sex because there is 20 minutes of footage missing from my copy. But their love is imperiled by everyone wanting to assault Anastasia, and several of Christian's former victims are stalking them. All in all, "Fifty Shades Darker" is one of the best comedies I've seen this year, with hints of "The Room", "Showgirls", and, of course, "Twilight" keeping you on your toes, if not rolling on the floor.

K Nife Churchkey
K Nife Churchkey

Super Reviewer

The best thing I can say about Fifty Shades Darker is that it is one of the best comedies of 2017. Charlie Hunnam, is probably somewhere spiking the football that he backed out of this franchise before it ruined his career. There aren't enough buzzwords to describe how bad this is, you simply have to see it to believe it. If you aren't going to laugh at this film or get some Amazon recommendations for butt plugs this Valentine's Day, don't get suckered into seeing this film. Just watch porn and maintain the ounce of dignity you have left.

Jacob Smith
Jacob Smith

Super Reviewer

James Foley's Fifty Shades Darker may be a little darker, but still a bland grey sums it up. For nearly 2 hours, the film delivers stuff, then sex, more stuff, then more sex, etc. The story is slow and tiresome, leaving very little to show other than the aforementioned sex scenes. The highlight is obviously the erotic segments, which gives this film its R-rating. There are a good share of them, but nothing that pushes to an NC-17 rating, which is where this picture may begin to shine, just a little. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are definitely easy on the eyes, but their performances don't help this picture in anyway. The characters may be written this way, and if so, it doesn't work on screen as it would in a book. Fifty Shades Darker does have a kinkiness to it; just not enough to strip down and stand out.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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