If you're looking for a movie to see this weekend, you might want to steer clear of this one.

Fifty Shades Freed is the third and final film in the series based on EL James' bestselling novel series, one wrapped around the relationship wrangles between kinky couple Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

The film, starring series regulars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, hit cinemas this week and was quickly savaged by critics.

On Metacritic, it has just a 29 per cent approval rating, the lowest of any Fifty Shades film.

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Many couldn't hold back on their disdain for the film.

Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers was particularly savage, saying the last entry in the series "officially hits the bottom of the barrel".

"Whips, chains, butt plugs and nipple clips are nothing compared to the sheer torture of watching this movie," he wrote.

For the Los Angeles Times, Justin Chang said: "If liberation is the endgame of Fifty Shades Freed, most of the time we feel trapped right alongside the characters, immobilized by the pointless, suffocating beauty and the stultifying dramatic inertia of the world James has created for them."

Johnson has been praised for her work in the finale, but to many Dornan's boredom of the role was all too apparant.

"As usual it's left entirely up to the beleaguered Johnson to make any of it even remotely watchable," wrote The Guardian's Benjamin Lee. "She remains a compelling presence, trying her darnedest with lifeless words, but, again, she's stranded by the energy-sucking vortex of nothingness that is Jamie Dornan. He's better than this...but he knows it and his boredom is lazily apparent throughout."

Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty said the film included "every ludicrous plot twist, stilted line delivery, and too-laughable-to-be-hot sex scene" it could.

Perhaps the best line came from Telegraph critic Robbie Collin, who wrote: "This is a film in which one of the more emotionally detailed performances is given by a product-placement Audi".

Fifty Shades Freed is rated R16. It's in cinemas now.