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Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

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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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Cast

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
Gala Crooner
as José James
Jose James
as Gala Crooner
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 (173) | Top Critics (39)

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…

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 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…

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

February 13, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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

February 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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

Monotonous trash, Fifty Shades Darker is even worse than the first film. Christian and Ana give their relationship another try (contract free this time), but things get complicated when a mysterious woman begins stalking Anna and an attempt is made on her life. The writing is terrible, with no suspense or intrigue to the murder mystery plot. And the acting is awful, as the leads continue to have a complete lack of chemistry. The pacing and editing are also incredibly poor; taking all the passion out of the love scenes and the tense out of the stalker/murder plot. Additionally, the soundtrack is intrusive and draws attention to itself rather than creating a mood and fading into the background. Fifty Shades Darker is an inept erotic thriller that is neither erotic nor thrilling.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Throughout the years, cinema has had its high points and its low points. On average, there is a general 50% percent between the good and the bad, but Fifty Shades Darker is on a new level. Let's be clear and say that there really wasn't anything good about the first film. It was a horrible script with a bad plot that wasn't very exciting, but somehow Fifty Shades Darker makes the original bearable. I felt like I was in a trance during my viewing of this picture, wondering why I even chose to watch it. Slowly becoming fascinated with how atrociously bad nearly every single second was, I just had to finish it. If anything is worse than this film this year I will genuinely be shocked. Here is why this film should be seen by every filmmaker as a lesson on how to not make a film. A film can take its time revealing what its premise is truly about in order to savour the flavour of its twists, but when a story never reveals itself, it makes its audience feel robbed. Following the conclusion that had Anastasia Steele leaving Christian Grey at the end of the first film, you'd expect that the sequel would be about one of them trying to win the other back, but that happens within the first five minutes of the film. For the next two hours, you will find yourself watching a series of dates, sex scenes, stalkers following them, and stupid injections into the so-called story that made the film laughable to say the very least. The plot of this film is that they date, develop some sort of relationship and eventually fall in love. That's it, seriously. With no inciting incidents and reluctance to have anything bearing happen, I found myself amazed that this film was even made. Most critics hate on Johnson and Dornan for having zero chemistry with one another, but that was not an issue I had with the first film, in fact they elevated the lame premise for me. That being said, even I can see that neither one of them are giving it their all here. It felt like they were forcing kinky aspects into the film when necessary, solely for the purpose of stimulating the audience. For that reason alone I felt betrayed as an audience member. Making half a billion dollars at the box office the first time around, Fifty Shades Darker barely cracked half of that. It just goes to show that quality does trump all every now and then. I've never read these novels, but it felt like the sequences that had the character of Leila stalking Christian was forced into the story to pad out the run time, making it seem like it had a bigger purpose than what was on the surface. From this stupid element to an element that has Christian facing someone from his past, to being able to overcome certain memories, everything about the small side plots throughout this film felt laughable to me. Look, I was one of the people that defended the original train wreck of a film for not being quite as horrible as people suggested it was, but there is absolutely nothing redeemable about this sequel. In the end, there isn't a single audience I can recommend this to. Sure, it's aimed at older women, but I can even see them chuckling throughout a lot of this film. Their chemistry, along with the overall "plot" of this film was a step down from what was already a lacklustre film. From the horrendous dialogue to the laughter-inducing sex sequences with blaring pop music, Fifty Shades Darker feels like a parody of this genre, unintentionally. I honestly don't know how we live in a time where three of these films are being made, but this film is so terrible that I'm actually curious to see if it can get any worse than this. If you haven't seen either of these films, especially this one, you're doing yourself a very solid favour.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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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