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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 153
Fresh: 106 | Rotten: 47

Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist remain extraordinarily well-suited to their roles, but the second installment in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy doesn't pack quite as much punch as the first.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 12

Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist remain extraordinarily well-suited to their roles, but the second installment in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy doesn't pack quite as much punch as the first.



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In "The Girl Who Played With Fire" -- the second installment in the "Millennium" trilogy following "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" -- Mikael Blomkvist is about to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society. On the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander

Oct 26, 2010


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Again, it's worth the price of admission alone to spend time in the company of Sweden's premiere bisexual emo-sleuth...

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Girl Who Played with Fire, may not be as good as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it's not chopped liver either.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source:
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Delivers its first jolts moments after the opening credits and serves up surprisingly tender moments amidst the suspense and heart-pounding action.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Resembles nothing so much as a workmanlike TV crime thriller.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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The Girl Who Played With Fire narrows instead of broadens, and while the final scenes are bloody indeed, they frustratingly raise questions the film doesn't care to answer for now.

July 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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In Rapace, it has an actress who brings a memorable literary character to indelible movie life, as Vivien Leigh did for Scarlett O'Hara.

July 14, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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If you were fortunate enough to see the first film and enjoyed it, chances are you will also enjoy this entry.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

The entertaining yet unspectacular atmosphere cements the movie's place as a mild disappointment...

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

... Raises the stakes, telling a story that is at once further reaching and more intimate.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The cinematography, almost like a tranquil counterpoint to the ugly crimes taking place on screen, make you feel like moving to Sweden would be the coolest, most gorgeous decision you ever made.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Lisbeth Salander remains the riveting centerpiece of the two films that follow on from Dragon Tattoo, but, alas, her continuing story has been winnowed down in a way that makes it -- and her -- feel smaller than before.

December 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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An Audio Conversation with Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, star of The Girl Who Played With Fire, on KPFA Radio, San Francisco.

November 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Critics' Choice Movies

Where the first film pinned you to your seat as its mystery unfolded, the plodding pace of the sequel will leave you fidgeting.

November 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Part 2 of subtitled crime trilogy with same brutality, sex.

November 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Lisbeth is as much of a scourge as Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name, and just as mysterious, cool, and resilient.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The saving grace in all this, perhaps, is how the character of Salander continues to feel like a unique alternative to a typical movie heroine.

November 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Thankfully, revelations within the complex and interwoven storyline occur just in the nick of time as to keep us engaged.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

This is a pretty good setup for what might be a routine Hollywood thriller.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Usprkos toga to je Larsson i kod nas ario i palio po knjiarama, hrvatski distributeri dosad nisu imali razumijevanja za vedsku trilogiju

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Records onto film all the important moments found in the novel. These moments aren't made into compelling drama so much as crossed off some narrative checklist.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

It?s a slicker and tenser film [than the first film] ... however, it?s also lost some of the first film?s icy edginess and sophistication, taking the series more into pulp fiction territory.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

...there is a lot of enjoyable art (and artiness) applied to what is essentially a pulp fiction. The villains are Bond-film cartoonish, and it was more fun to see Mikael and Lisbeth work together ... than it is to watch them slowly converge in this one.

September 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

For fast-paced suspense, and for at least a hint of the passions which drove Stieg Larsson to expose the long reach of old fascist, and patriachal ideologies into the gloomy modern era of Swedish capitalist culture -- the film delivers.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

The second film is more efficient than the first, less concerned with getting all the story on to the screen.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

It's a sequel that leaves you wanting more, its shortcomings not negating what remains a stylish, smart and cracking thriller.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Trespass

Simply not as welcoming, nor rewarding, to novices as its predecessor was.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)

The acting and direction in this film is good and I liked the characters and the cinematography. If I'm being completely honest though, I just have no enthusiasm for the Millennium trilogy. I have found the story so far to be quite forgettable. Maybe it's because it's been over hyped, maybe neither film so far have been very good adaptations, either way, I enjoyed the film to a point but I found myself fidgeting throughout. Good, but not as good as the first which is bad for any sequel.
September 17, 2014

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Lisbeth Salander is the prime suspect in a scandal involving Swedish sex trafficking.
I love Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, and even if she were just reading the phone book, I think I'd find her performance and the character compelling. While The Girl who Played with Fire isn't the phone book, it's not as interesting as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because there isn't the cold case antiquity of the mystery and the depth of having family drama at the film's heart. Focusing on sex trafficking, what this film does have is a clearer concentration on the theme that prevailed in Larsson's first book, misogyny. It's a theme Larsson handles with ease, creating male monsters and reasons why women like Salander revolt.
Overall, the Millennium Trilogy continues to compel even if this doesn't reach the great heights that the original achieved.
October 2, 2012
Jim Hunter

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Discounting the weak and slow beginning, this second part in the Millenium trilogy is just as enthralling as the original. I long pushed off to watch it, after hearing about all the low to luke-warm opinions, but it actually proved to be a very worthy sequel. In the first 30 min you'll be tempted to hit the fast-forward button, but those patient enough to endure it, will be greatly rewarded in the second and final act. For what started out rather dullishly, eventually blossomed into a taut and compelling follow-up, with some incredibly fascinating plot twists. Not fully to the level of being on par with "Dragon Tattoo", but I'm still willing to give it the same rating, as the shortcomings are mostly in the margins.
February 4, 2012
Mike S

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