Is the 'Fifty Shades' series the worst ever?
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Is the 'Fifty Shades' series the worst ever?

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The anticipated sequel "Fifty Shades Darker" just dropped in theaters, and like the books—the reactions have been mixed (okay, mostly bad). While the sequel brought in an impressive $46.7 million in its opening weekend, the movie franchise is a piñata for film critics. And much like the film adaptations, the book series is commercially successful, but detested by literary critics. So, is the 'Fifty Shades' series really that bad? 🎥

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The "Fifty Shades" series is quite a polarizing intellectual property. While some "lovers" enjoy the BDSM-heavy series of books and films, others literally think the franchise is an abomination of pop-culture.

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According to "Fifty Shades" series' Twitter account, "Fifty Shades Darker" is the #1 movie in the world. Although the film came in behind "The Lego Batman Movie" at #2 at the U.S. box office

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Critics have almost universally panned "Fifty Shades Darker." Maybe even more than the original film. Could "Fifty Shades Darker" be the worst film of 2017? It's definitely up there. 

Detractors argue the novels are terribly written, and the movies suffer from poorly acting and direction. Some say the series promotes violence towards women, others argue it's not heavy enough on the BDSM. What everyone shares in common is a pure hatred for the series. 

Chicago Reader's Andrea Gronvall pretty much summed up the sequel's terribleness in her review's opening sentence. ⬇️️

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" only had a fresh rating of 25 percent. But the second film's rating was even much lower. Just wow!

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Come on, "Fifty Shades" is a popular series of novels and films. Although the series may not boast the most well written books nor well-crafted films, "Fifty Shades" serves its purpose for the audiences who enjoy the franchise. The novels might even serve as an introduction to BDSM for many people. 

And that's just it—the popular series has gone from "Twilight" fan fiction to a film franchise, and that is pretty impressive. For what it's worth, many supporters enjoyed the books, and we all got to admit that the film franchise's marketing is pretty damn good too. 

And don't get it twisted, "Fifty Shades of Grey" might have been a critically panned film, but it also was a box office success in the U.S. and abroad. The sequel might be following in its predecessor's footsteps. 

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Vulture's David Edelstein wrote that "Fifty Shades Darker" isn't a terrible movie, just a bit misrepresentative. 

He wrote: 

People are calling Fifty Shades Darker the worst movie ever made, but it’s really not that terrible. It does, however, misrepresent itself, which is true of most mainstream American films about sex. The movie’s real subject is wealth — and how much a woman is willing to accept being owned in return for beautiful clothes and cars and planes and houses. 

"Fifty Shades" fans are loyal.

But... OUCH!

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