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Fifty Shades of Grey

Drama . Romance

When college senior Anastasia Steele steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey for their campus paper, little does she realize the path her life will take. Christian, as enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, finds himself strangely drawn to Ana, and she to him. Though sexually inexperienced, Ana plunges headlong into an affair -- and learns that Christian's true sexual proclivities push the boundaries of pain and pleasure.

Actors: Callum Keith Rennie , Max Martini , Rita Ora , Marcia Gay Harden , Luke Grimes , Victor Rasuk , Eloise Mumford , Jennifer Ehle , Jamie Dornan , Dakota Johnson
Directors: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Country: USA
Release: 2015-02-13
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  • Tim Robey

    Great art it's not – but it's frisky, in charge of itself, and about as keenly felt a vision of this S&M power game we could realistically have expected to see.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The film never pretends to be other than what it really is: soft-core porn for the ladies, diluted with an “R” rating.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    With a loose-limbed naturalness, she conveys naiveté, intellectual curiosity and romantic yearning, and shows the unassuming Ana’s newfound thrill at being seen, however complicated the man holding her in his admiring gaze. She’s open and vulnerable but no fool. Best of all, Johnson and her director embrace Ana’s paradox: She snickers at Christian’s predilections, but they also turn her on.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Fifty Shades of Grey isn't the howling pornucopia it could be, but it's sexy enough, spank you very much.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    I spoil nothing by reporting what readers already know, that when Fifty Shades is not a dirty story, it is, as the trilogy unfolds, a study in cartoonishly weird family dynamics.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Starring a vivacious Dakota Johnson and a game Jamie Dornan, Taylor-Johnson’s erotic romance is a skillful distillation of James’ first book that captures the heady exhilaration of being someone’s fixation.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Meredith Goldstein

    The director of the much-anticipated adaptation, Sam Taylor-Johnson, made what could have been a trashy TV movie into well-conceived cinema.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    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.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The surprise, if there is a surprise here, is that the film has found a slyly humorous tone for much of the running time.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    The film strips Fifty Shades of Grey to its essentials: a confident man, an awkward girl, and a red room rimmed with leather handcuffs. From there, Taylor-Johnson rebuilds. She constructs an erotic dramedy that takes its romance seriously even as it admits that Christian Grey's very existence is absurd.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Johnson’s Ana squeezes believability out of one of the more silly romantic entanglements in recent popular culture. It’s all there in her face, which Taylor-Johnson frames in close-up. She’s fully aware this scenario is ridiculous, but can’t seem to turn away from its lunacy.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Glossy, well cast, and a consistent hoot until it becomes a serious drag, this neo-“9½ Weeks” is above all a slick exercise in carefully brand-managed titillation — edgier than most grown-up studio fare, but otherwise a fairly mild provocation in this porn-saturated day and age.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    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.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Credit goes to director Sam Taylor-Johnson and her screenwriter, Kelly Marcel, who've stripped the first book of its biggest flaws, while still honoring its essence. And lead Dakota Johnson makes for an ideal heroine, though — as doubters feared — her chemistry with costar Jamie Dornan doesn't always sizzle.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It's a very slick film. But in the end, that slick becomes suffocating, and there's no real pulse here.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    There's real hypocrisy here. If a movie like Fifty Shades of Grey is supposed to offer a voyeuristic experience - and not a ridiculous experience - have some integrity about your nudity. Despite what the filmmakers may want to believe, there isn't a lot else going on here. Fifty Shades of Grey Matter, not so much.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    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
  • Meghan Daum

    Fifty Shades of Grey is a generic romance cynically engineered to appeal to the lowest common denominator of female fantasy.

    Slate Full Review
  • Courtney Shea

    Much was made about how, with respectable director Sam Taylor-Johnson at the helm, Fifty Shades was going to be a legitimately good movie. It’s not, and it’s also not over-the-top enough to suggest future cult-classic status. What it is is a movie best saved for at home viewing, both because there is no compelling reason to see it on the big screen, and mostly because the pause, rewind and fast-forward controls are sure to come in handy.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Sometimes intelligent, often cuddlesome and ultimately bland.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    It’s billionaire-glossy, as much an ode to consumerism as a study in sadomasochism; intermittingly titillating, with fugitive flashes of droll; and, bondage apart, a dutifully romantic tale of an old-fashioned girl who takes a particularly roundabout route to true love.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    In the end, there’s nothing here we haven’t seen before. But there’s also nothing as agonizingly awkward as James’s prose.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The movie version of Fifty Shades is better than the book. It's still awful, but when a filmmaker starts with stupid source material, he's handcuffed.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    The movie isn't a complete disaster -- it's got a strong performance at its core from Dakota Johnson, and it looks sleek and modern, like a Beyonce video or a Calvin Klein commercial -- but it's an unpleasant experience with a sleazy stench that sticks in a way that E.L. James' novel doesn't.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The enormous, make-or-break things are perfectly in place, and just that is enough for a reasonably enjoyable movie. But plot problems, some comically weak dialogue, repetitious scenes and a non-ending ending keep the experience a little more earthbound than it had to be.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Fifty Shades encourages us to buy into this credulity-straining scenario because the actors go well together (casting director Francine Maisler did the heavy lifting), Dornan's steely resolve facing off nicely against Johnson's engaging feistyness as each tries to make this cross-cultural relationship work on his or her own terms.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Choosing to ignore any conventional sense of drama, progression, or resolution is, in its way, a memorable choice. But while Fifty Shades Of Grey is a memorable and society-shifting cultural event, it’s in no way a memorable movie.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Fifty Shades of Grey is nowhere near as laughable as you might have feared (or perversely hoped for): It’s elegantly made, and Dakota Johnson is so good at navigating the heroine’s emotional zigs and zags that you want to buy into the whole cobwebbed premise.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    I wouldn’t say that Taylor-Johnson has made a good movie from Fifty Shades of Grey, precisely. That’s asking too much. But she and Marcel have risen to the challenge of this bizarre cultural moment with an odd and memorable film. Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The entire movie is about as sexy as a root canal.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    Jamie Dornan somehow manages to render his sculpted beauty moot, which throws a major wrench in the gears for a film dependent on eroticism.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Essentially a Harlequin Romance with pulleys, E.L. James’s novel is not exactly “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” but the movie, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and written by Kelly Marcel takes itself so seriously that it almost cries out to be lampooned. I’m sure the “Saturday Night Live” crew is already on the case.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson from Kelly Marcel's screenplay, the considerable talent behind the camera and a modicum of considerable performances yield a few undeniable guilty pleasures, but most viewers will be seeking a safe word to escape this two-hour-plus mess of half-baked excess.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    It's a bondage movie without much perversion, a love story without much passion, and ultimately, a film burdened with expectations it could never fulfill. It never quite hits as hard as you want it to.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Matt Maytum

    Dakota Johnson is a revelation in an adaptation that’s better than it should have been. But with the sex scenes and the drama lacking the required heat, it’s ultimately unsatisfying.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    And there you have the problem with this film. It is gray with good taste — shade upon shade of muted naughtiness, daubed within the limits of the R rating. Think of it as the “Downton Abbey” of bondage, designed neither to menace nor to offend but purely to cosset the fatigued imagination. You get dirtier talk in most action movies, and more genitalia in a TED talk on Renaissance sculpture.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Yes, there are sex scenes in the film, quite a few. But 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.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Who would have imagined that a movie about sex could be so boring? That's the bottom line when it comes to Fifty Shades of Grey.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The long-awaited, highly anticipated, much-discussed film adaptation of the first segment of E L James’ inexplicably popular "Fifty Shades" trilogy is a tedious exercise in dramatic wheel-spinning that doesn’t have the courage to explore the darkest elements of the characters and doesn’t have the originality to stand on its own merits.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Clinical as a classroom lecture, it’s a limp sadomasochism primer, which explains both the runaway success of the E.L. James novel and the startling pre-opening sales stats from America’s Promise Keepers belt.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The true audiences for Fifty Shades of Grey are gluttons for punishment — by boredom.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Sitting through the turgid and tedious S&M melodrama that is Fifty Shades of Grey may feel like its own form of torture.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ed Frankl

    While the first half has a brisk, upfront approach, the final hour is gobsmackingly dull - with emphasis on the smacking.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Ultimately, Fifty Shades Of Grey is embarrassing and depressing, especially when considering the picture as a reflection of the quality of mainstream modern romance today.

    The Playlist Full Review
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