What the Critics Are Saying: 'The Fifty Shades of Grey'

Plan on seeing 'The Fifty Shades of Grey'? Here is what the critics are saying about the upcoming feature film.

The Fifty Shades of Grey is set to premiere on Valentine's Day weekend and critics seem pretty disappointed. Fifty Shades of Grey centers around a literature student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey. Based on the widely successful novel by E.L. James , The Fifty Shades of Grey features Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Even though the movie hits theaters in a couple of days, here are the bad things critics have to say about the upcoming bondage flick.
Lacks any of the raunch or controversy promised, and is instead tiresome, banal and as thinly plotted as a porno. The fine line between abuse and pleasure is so thin it's almost non-existent. Here is a Valentine's Day movie that will certainly make bank, but you aren't helping yourself or anyone else by seeing it. No amount of polished technical ingredients can salvage a relatively faithful screenplay that lifts much of the book's painfully rudimentary dialogue verbatim. indieWIRE 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
Fifty Shades of Grey Here are a few of the good reviews critics gave for The Fifty Shades of Grey:
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 Accept this genuinely sexy, somewhat silly, relatively timid romantic drama on its own escapist terms and you'll find sufficient pleasure. Screen International Gone are the truly dreadful aspects of the book, and the biggest surprise may be that Ana and Christian have developed senses of humor. New York Post 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. Hollywood Reporter
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