New Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics
Focus Features released their new, highly anticipated drama flick, “Fifty Shades Of Grey” into theaters today, and the top, major movie critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that it got a mixed response with an overall 47 score out of a possible 100 across 41 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The movie stars : Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, and Callum Keith Rennie. We’ve added blurbs from a few of the critics,below.
Sara Stewart at the New York Post, gave it a 75 score. He stated: “The film never pretends to be other than what it really is: soft-core porn for the ladies, diluted with an “R” rating.”
Sheri Linden from the The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 grade, stating: ” 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.”
Lisa Schwarzbaum over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67 score. He said: “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.”
Inkoo Kang from TheWrap, gave it a 65 score, saying: “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.”
Meredith Goldstein at the Boston Globe, gave it a 63 grade, stating: “The director of the much-anticipated adaptation, Sam Taylor-Johnson, made what could have been a trashy TV movie into well-conceived cinema.”
Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 63 score, stating: “The surprise, if there is a surprise here, is that the film has found a slyly humorous tone for much of the running time.”
Justin Chang from Variety, gave it a 60 score. He said: “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.”
Elizabeth Weitzman from the New York Daily News, gave it a 60 grade, saying: “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.”
Susan Wloszczyna over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 50 grade. He said: “In the annals of sexually-charged event cinema, Fifty Shades of Grey barely lights a candle let alone combusts with unbridled forbidden passion.”
Joe Morgenstern at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 50 grade. saying: “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.”
Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 grade. saying: “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.”
Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 score. He said: “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.”
Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 38 grade. He stated: “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.”
A.O. Scott at The New York Times, gave it a 30 score, claiming: “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.”
Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 25 grade. He said: “The true audiences for Fifty Shades of Grey are gluttons for punishment — by boredom.”
Lastly, Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 25 grade saying: “Sitting through the turgid and tedious S&M melodrama that is Fifty Shades of Grey may feel like its own form of torture.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.