LIKE REALLY REALLY BAD.
Here’s what a few critics are saying:
Stephanie Zacharek, TIME: “Dornan is just a dud. The problem may have more to do with the conception of the character than anything else: How do you play a self-described sadist who’s really just a misunderstood cuddlebunny underneath?”
Max Weiss, Baltimore Magazine: “And weirdly, while there’s not nearly as much S&M in this installment—Anastasia and Christian have more ‘vanilla’ sex, in his parlance—this one actually seems less progressive than the first.”
Melissa Anderson, Village Voice: “No safeword can protect you from the sequel’s depleting incoherence, its punishing pileup of plot and its inability to successfully stage, even once, the franchise’s claim to notoriety: sex scenes, whether accessorized with hardware or not.”
Laura Bennett, Slate: “Once again, for every inventively choreographed bedroom caper, there are three that are about as sexy as a Geico ad.”
Catherine Shoard, The Guardian: “A few leather cuffs do pop up, but they’re unbuckled fast so the missionary position can be better adopted. Nipple clamps put in an appearance, but only on fingers.”
Mick LaSalle: San Francisco Chronicle: “Some people think that, to like a movie, you have to respect it in the morning. You don’t. But honesty does require that you admit to having had a good time.”
Check out the rest here!