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Fifty Shades of Grey Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.0
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 12, 2015
"Fifty Shades of Grey" doesn't entertainingly cross the line of good taste so much as trip and fall on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 12, 2015
The likably coy Johnson has no chemistry with the dreary, self-serious Dornan. He's a casting disaster ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2015
"Fifty Shades of Grey" the movie, for the record, is not quite as bad as "Fifty Shades of Grey" the book. But that's not saying much.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 12, 2015
Despite what you might fear, the movie is not torture. And even if it doesn't inspire lust, you will breathe a warm sigh of relief, thinking: This could have been so much worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2015
Creating a genteel R-rated film from a very X-rated book is like making a Mamma Mia! movie without the songs.
February 12, 2015
About an hour in, it finally dawned on me that perhaps the movie was giving me insights into masochism after all. As the minutes slowly, painfully ticked by I came to accept my punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 12, 2015
"Fifty Shades of Grey" turns out to be an intriguing tussle - not in the sack, or in the Red Room of Pain, but in its internal war between the dubious erotica of James' novel (the first of three) and the far craftier trash offered by the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2015
I'm not going to pretend I didn't like this movie, just as I can't pretend there's nothing wrong with it. But try thinking of it this way: It's an event movie that's also a relationship drama, and that's rare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2015
An unashamed and genially preposterous fairy tale, a kind of "Cinderella" with restraints, "50 Shades" is about as believable as "Jack and the Beanstalk," albeit considerably more kinky in intent.
February 12, 2015
Vainly seeking to reach the widest possible audience, the makers of this exercise in banality stripped it of almost anything that could cause offence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2015
For a movie where people are naked for a large chunk of time and play at bondage and dominance (without ever really seeming all that committed to it), it sure is boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 11, 2015
I'm shocked - shocked, do you hear me?!? - that the film version of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey is such a dull, decorous affair, about as erotic as an ad for Pottery Barn. Strictly intended for gluttons for punishment-by boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 11, 2015
The only thing Dakota Johnson can't pull off is her character's over-dramatic name - she introduces herself as Anastasia Steele like an apology.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 11, 2015
Maybe in future installments there will even be something that resembles a plot. For now, the entire movie is about as sexy as a root canal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 11, 2015
I wouldn't say that Taylor-Johnson has made a good movie from "Fifty Shades of Grey," precisely. That's asking too much.
February 11, 2015
My God, this thing goes on. By the time the two get busy in Christian's "playroom," the oomph has gone out of the whole erotic setup ...
February 11, 2015
The whole thing's about as transgressive as ordering a Cabernet Sauvignon with your fish.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 11, 2015
"Fifty Shades of Grey" might not be a good movie - O.K., it's a terrible movie - but it might nonetheless be a movie that feels good to see, whether you squirm or giggle or roll your eyes or just sit still and take your punishment.
February 10, 2015
We may have all been curious going in, but by the time the credits roll, there's another question that springs to mind: Is that all there is?
February 10, 2015
Despite the endless sex, a highly unsatisfying encounter. Cold as a fish and almost as dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 10, 2015
The movie Fifty Shades of Grey is considerably better written than the book. It is also sort of classy-looking, in a generic, TV-ad-for-bath-oil way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 10, 2015
Sitting through the turgid and tedious S&M melodrama that is Fifty Shades of Grey may feel like its own form of torture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 10, 2015
"The stylish and mostly satisfying film will be [a blockbuster], and deservedly so. Starring a vivacious Dakota Johnson and a game Jamie Dornan, Taylor-Johnson's erotic romance is a skillful distillation of James' first book."
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
February 10, 2015
Gone are the truly dreadful aspects of the book, and the biggest surprise may be that Ana and Christian have developed senses of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2015
No amount of polished technical ingredients can salvage a relatively faithful screenplay that lifts much of the book's painfully rudimentary dialogue verbatim.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 10, 2015
Glossy, well cast, and a consistent hoot until it becomes a serious drag.
February 10, 2015
Fifty Shades of Grey is a sex-positive but hopelessly soft-core erotic drama that fails to be even a fraction as titillating as the E.L. James books that inspired it. And yet, that's exactly why it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2015
Aiming to please, the filmmakers submit without hesitation to the bold yet hokey source material, with leads Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson breathing a crucial third dimension into cutout characters.
February 10, 2015
Johnson is a true find: She's so committed, she makes Ana's every discovery - in or out of the bedroom - convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5