Fifty Shades of Grey Reviews

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December 30, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey delivers, however ponderously, on its promise of pop transgressiveness.
February 26, 2015
Basically, they made a lousy, mid-2000s-era Katherine Heigl romance with a handful of explicit sex scenes spliced throughout the familiar clichés.
February 16, 2015
Think of it as the "Downton Abbey" of bondage, designed neither to menace nor to offend but purely to cosset the fatigued imagination.
February 15, 2015
It realizes this story is ridiculous in ways the book itself never could. It has an actual sense of humor.
February 13, 2015
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.
February 13, 2015
Who would have imagined that a movie about sex could be so boring?
February 13, 2015
The film doesn't culminate in anything. It's a bunch of scenes that end before any kind of satisfying conclusion.
February 13, 2015
In the annals of sexually-charged event cinema, "Fifty Shades of Grey" barely lights a candle let alone combusts with unbridled forbidden passion.
February 13, 2015
Nobody sweats or pants or experiences onscreen ecstasy, which is presumably how a movie about violent sex manages to avoid an NC-17 rating, but the result feels like 50 shades of beige.
February 13, 2015
Isn't the stuff of bondage and discipline, sexual role play, silky blindfolds, and whips and floggers supposed to be, well, exciting?
February 12, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey only has one shade: tedious self-pity. The other 49 shades promised in the title are missing from the movie version of the infamous novel.
Top Critic
February 12, 2015
A generic romance cynically engineered to appeal to the lowest common denominator of female fantasy.
February 12, 2015
Johnson is rather sweet, though, and if she played a role that required her to look more than alternately smitten and poleaxed, she could score big. But now that Fifty Shades is poised to be a franchise, will she have that chance?
February 12, 2015
The director of the much-anticipated adaptation, Sam Taylor-Johnson, made what could have been a trashy TV movie into well-conceived cinema.
February 12, 2015
Yet the film's biggest problem is its two stars. Despite all the ripped abs and exposed breasts, blindfolds and cuffs, there are few sparks between them. Without that, Fifty Shades of Grey feels as cold and sterile as Grey's sleek penthouse.
February 12, 2015
The dashes of momentum are just a tease. It's hard to remember the last time this much sex was this tedious.
February 12, 2015
I'll go see the next movie quite happily.
February 12, 2015
Actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan make an appealing couple and battle mightily against the flat, linear plotting, though when the story ended inconclusively I wasn't eager to follow them through the inevitable sequels.
February 12, 2015
In the end, there's nothing here we haven't seen before. But there's also nothing as agonizingly awkward as James's prose.
February 12, 2015
Leads Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, both of whom spend the majority of the film supposedly desperately longing for each other, have so little chemistry that it gives the sexy goings-on a rather clinical feel.
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