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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.

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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, Rovi
R (for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language)
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Jamie Dornan
as Christian Grey
Dakota Johnson
as Anastasia Steele
Luke Grimes
as Elliot Grey
Marcia Gay Harden
as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey
Max Martini
as Jason Taylor
Eloise Mumford
as Kate Kavanagh
Dylan Neal
as Robbin "Bob" Adams
Rita Ora
as Mia
Andrew Airlie
as Mr. Grey
Emily Fonda
as Martina
Anthony Konechny
as Paul Clayton
Bruce Dawson
as Mr. Clayton
Tom Butler
as WSU University Student
Christine Willes
as WSU Grad Speaker/Reader
Chris Shields
as WSU Professor
Anna Louise Sargeant
as Female Grad
Megan Danso
as Female Grad
Jason Cermak
as Graduation Photographer
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 Waiter
Julia Dominczak
as Pigtailed Blonde Server
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Critic Reviews for Fifty Shades of Grey

All Critics (243) | Top Critics (50)

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

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

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

February 26, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 16, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 15, 2015
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 13, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Fifty Shades of Grey

2 stars. Wow. 2 stars more than I thought I'd be rating this. The 2 stars are for Dakota. She makes this watchable and manages to give Ana a bit more character and pluck than she had in the book. Also, the movie is filmed nicely and well paced. However, the saying goes, you can't polish a turd, and the source material is one big steaming one. It is beyond disturbing to me that this is considered erotic by do many women. It's not. It's f'ed. Said it before, I'll say it again, this is domestic violence. You can't change a guy like this. It's not hot. He's not a challenge. It bothers me that this is out there in a way. I will probably not watch part two, for the same reason I didn't read part two. I don't want to see her go back to him. Her leaving his twisted ass works for me.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.
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

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