Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

Sam Taylor-Wood (2015)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Student Dakota Johnson is tempted to become a submissive sex slave to dominant mogul Jamie Dornan in this antiseptic adaptation of the first part of EL James's bestselling trilogy. Stripped to linear basics by scriptwriter Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr Banks) under slick if mannered direction by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), the pop culture phenomenon is revealed, beneath its bondage shackles, to be a straightforward soap opera romance. Those after titillation must look elsewhere because the tame kinkiness is fleeting, the nudity doggedly softcore and the S&M more M&S than anything edgily erotic. One discussion held in an office, about what both want to do in bed, is about as pervy as it gets. Humour does emerge from the early assignations as Johnson learns the ropes but when the time comes to test sexual limits, high camp moves in and all other purpose - whether serious or erotic - moves out.


A naive young literature student's life is thrown into turmoil by an affair with a mysterious billionaire. Initially she is intrigued by his aloof and distant manner, but soon realises he is harbouring dark secrets and desires. Erotic drama based on EL James' bestseller, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Cast & Crew

Anastasia Steele Dakota Johnson
Christian Grey Jamie Dornan
Carla May Wilks Jennifer Ehle
Kate Kavanagh Eloise Mumford
José Rodriguez Victor Rasuk
Elliot Grey Luke Grimes
Dr Grace Trevelyan Grey Marcia Gay Harden
Mia Grey Rita Ora
Ray Steele Callum Keith Rennie
Bob Adams Dylan Neal
Director Sam Taylor-Wood
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Feb 2015