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A still from the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, to be released on Valentine's DayUniversal studios

Reviews for Fifty Shades of Grey, the most awaited movie of the year, are out, and they are not what fans of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele will be hoping for.

Most critics have slammed the Sam Taylor-Johnson directed erotic movie and tagged it as boring and ridiculous.

The movie is an adaptation of EL James' novel of the same name, which describes the story of young billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey and how he falls in love with the young and naive college student Anastasia Steele.

Fans fell in love with the sexual and magnetic chemistry between the two lead characters of the novel, but critics have not found any chemistry between Jaime Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Here are excerpts from a few reviews.

Torontosun: Fifty Shades of Grey is a mind-numbing, soul-destroying, excruciating bore. There is zero sexual and/or romantic chemistry between the two leads.

The sexual scenes are not just a long time in arriving in the movie, they are absurdly tame.

Fifty Shades becomes an unintentional comedy. Some of the hackneyed lines of dialogue — perhaps reflecting the bad writing in the novels — are so silly that audience members laughed out loud during the preview screening.

The Times: This adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is more a glossy magazine shoot than an out-and-out spankfest. Think World of Interiors meets The Little Book of Bondage, and you may get the picture, which starts out hilarious, becomes ludicrous and finally dubious.

AZ Central: The film version of the insanely popular erotic novel is a dull, listless affair, with only Dakota Johnson mustering any life.

Rolling Stone: The film version of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey is such a dull, decorous affair, about as erotic as an ad for Pottery Barn.

New York Times: Sam Taylor-Johnson's screen adaptation of E. L. James's best seller is, like the book itself, a wildly confused treatment of a perennial confusing subject. Sex is a knotty business, perhaps all the more so when actual knots are involved, as they tend to be in the world of Christian Grey.

USA Today: Sitting through the turgid and tedious S&M melodrama that is Fifty Shades of Grey may feel like its own form of torture. The dialogue, based on E.L. James' best-selling book, is laughable, the pacing is sluggish and the performances are one-note. Perhaps worst of all, chemistry is nil.

Entertainment Weekly: Even more frustrating to voyeurs, nobody sweats, nobody strains, nobody loses control or even fakes losing control by simulating an orgasm. Also — and this is a turnoff — every time a sex scene comes on, some lady starts singing a big, whooshy Sex Scene song.

The movie premieres on 13 February, a day before Valentine's Day.