Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

Adaptation of E.L. James' best-selling erotic novel, the fastest selling paperback of all time (its sex scenes of bondage and masochism devoured by over 70 million blushing readers). The novel, the first of a trilogy, traces the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson, The Social Network) and wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan, TV's The Fall).

Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) was cast as Grey, but has withdrawn from the film citing scheduling difficulties. Fifty is credited with mainstream-ing soft porn literature, time will tell if this will do the same for moviegoers.

2014Rating: MA15+, Strong sex scenes, sexual themes and nudity125 minsUSA
DramaRomanceBlockbuster

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Fifty Shades of Grey / Reviews

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Everyone’s favourite saucy Twilight fan-fic has finally hit the big screen and boy is it… something. It is a thing. To its credit, Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele is fifty billion shades of more likeable than her limp book counterpart - the perfect balance of cool chick, demure ingénue and sultry siren - and thankfully we’re no longer privy to the clunky metaphors that occupy ‘book’ Ana’s every waking moment (“I feel the colour in my cheeks rising again.

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Variety

Variety

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.

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Total Film

Total Film

With the sex scenes and the drama lacking the required heat, it’s ultimately unsatisfying.

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Time Out

Time Out

A sex-positive but hopelessly soft-core erotic drama.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Johnson’s Ana squeezes believability out of one of the more silly romantic entanglements in recent popular culture.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

A memorable and society-shifting cultural event, it’s in no way a memorable movie.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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.

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