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CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

The 50 Shades of Grey movie set to hit theaters this weekend is getting plenty of press, though not all of it is positive.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has strong words for the film, including words like “abusive and degrading,” that he posted on the Archdiocese Facebook page.

Movie goers in the Tri-State filled theaters Thursday night to watch the film that many are calling controversial.

The reviews are mixed: The movie critic score on website Rotten Tomatoes is giving it 30 percent, while regular viewers are giving it a 58 percent.

Some are refusing to see the film because of its subject matter and encouraging others to avoid it. There are several petition websites, one with more than 88,000.

Several domestic abuse organizations in the U.S. and overseas say the film actually encourages abuse. They're on social media calling for boycotts of the film, saying it promotes violence against women. #50DollarsNot50Shades is being used to ask people to donate $50 to a domestic abuse organization rather than buying a ticket to the film.

“The movie is a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God's people. We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and to highlight the beauty of God's design for loving relationships between a husband and wife in the bond of marriage,” The Feb. 10 post from Cincinnati Archbishop Schnurr read.

Several local churches reportedly plan to address the subject during Sunday morning sermons.

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