Fifty Shades of Grey spoilers: three critics discuss Sam Taylor-Johnson's erotic film.

Does the Fifty Shades Movie Live Up to the Hype? Three Slate Critics Discuss.

Does the Fifty Shades Movie Live Up to the Hype? Three Slate Critics Discuss.

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Feb. 14 2015 5:12 PM

Spoiler Special: Fifty Shades of Grey

Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey.

Chuck Zlotnick - © Universal Pictures

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, Slate movie critic Dana Stevens, Slate staff writer Amanda Hess, and Slate culture editor Dan Kois discuss Fifty Shades of Grey, the erotic film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson based on E.L. James' best-selling book. Does the film live up to its hype? What do we make of a “BDSM porn romance,” as Stevens calls it? Can it even qualify as BDSM?

Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.


Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Amanda Hess is a David Carr fellow at the New York Times. Follow her on Twitter.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.