FIFTY Shades Freed has roared past the $125 million mark at the international box office, less than a week after its premiere.

Clearly, the third and final instalment of the erotic series is having no trouble getting bottoms on seats - despite being absolutely destroyed by critics.


In fact, the reviews for Fifty Shades Freed have thrown up some of the most savage commentary we've seen since, well, Fifty Shades Darker, which has just a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here are some of the most jaw-droppingly brutal comments:

"Hang up the chains and lock the Red Room: Our painfully unsexy cinematic nightmare is about over." - USA Today

"Marginally better than its predecessor, Fifty Shades Darker, in much the same way that being shot through the head is better than being guillotined; at the very least, there's not all that blinking and wondering where your body has gone." - FilmInk Australia

"This is a film in which one of the more emotionally detailed performances is given by a product-placement Audi." - The Telegraph

"With this last entry, we have officially hit the bottom of the barrel. Whips, chains, butt plugs and nipple clips are nothing compared to the sheer torture of watching this movie." - Rolling Stone

"If another sequel shows up, though, I'm going to have to use my safe word … If I can persuade just one of you to bypass its milquetoast masochism and watch the stratospherically superior 9 1/2 Weeks instead, then I will have done my job." - The New York Times

"Johnson and Dornan retain the chemistry of two mannequins knocked into each other in a department-store storage closet; the actual sex scenes play more like aerobics videos than anything actually steamy." - AZCentral

"Despite all evidence to the contrary, Fifty Shades Freed - like the two films before it - seems desperate to convince somebody, even itself, that the story it's telling is actually worth telling ... When all is said and done, what was said was badly written and what was done wasn't very interesting. Fifty Shades Freed concludes the trilogy as it began, with a romance you can't believe in, endless montages of affluence, lousy dialogue, weak plotting, and - admittedly - a heck of a lot of sex." - IGN

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