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The first Fifty Shades of Grey reviews are out and the critics are loving it

Most people are agreed that it’s tamer than they were expecting but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

THE FIRST REVIEWS of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie are out and the critics appear to be loving the steamy cinematic treat.

Among the reviewers who have caught the first glimpse of the much anticipated film, most are in agreement that it was not as salacious as the book – but some think it’s better.

According to Vanity Fair, the relationship between the two characters is “a genuine romance” and overall the movie is “pretty sex-positive”.

On the whole, Fifty Shades is a lot tamer than it could have been. Which is good in some ways, as it allows for the movie to be as playful as it is. Ana and Christian’s sexual exchange genuinely feels like a game, one they are playing equitably, both turned on and eager to see what happens next.

The Guardian‘s reviewer Jordan Hoffman had similar thoughts about the movie.

The sex scenes in Fifty Shades of Grey are numerous, lengthy and frank, but they aren’t smutty. Only occasionally does it dip into Red Shoe Diaries-territory. By and large, these key scenes really are there to advance the plot, and only the most buttoned-up prude will be scandalised. The ropes, cuffs and collars are all standard issue kink. For real life, perhaps, they are extreme, but for the movies, it’s nothing too weird.

It went down very well with The Telegraph:

Reviewer Tim Robey, like many of the other reviewers, has praise for Dakota Johnson or “Ana”, who he says has more fight in her that you’re expecting.

Instead, she projects an instantly compelling blend of vulnerability and spiky resistance – qualities that sometimes remind you of Griffith in her early roles.

Variety, however, was less kind to those involved in the film and had this to say:

The final half-hour or so is punishing in more than just a literal sense, bringing us to a less-than-scintillating cliffhanger in the now de rigueur manner of book-based, fan-driven franchise fare. Dornan, a charismatic presence, largely nails (among other things) the combination of intense formality and playful lewdness that defines Christian Grey, but he proves rather less skilled at illuminating the complex inner life of a sexual deviant. “I exercise control in all things,” he notes early on — spoken like a man who doesn’t realize he’s still got two sequels to go.

Still, it looks like overall, people are surprisingly happy with it and even if it was terrible, that wouldn’t stop the hoards of fans parking their bums on cinema seats to see it.

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