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

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



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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

Rating: R (for brutal violence including a rape, some strong sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jonas Frykberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 26, 2010
Box Office: $7.6M
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as Mikael Blomkvist

as Lisbeth Salander

as Annika Giannini

as Erika Berger

as Nils Bjurman

as Christer Malm

as Malin Eriksson

as Jan Bublanski

as Holger Palmgren

as Miriam Wu

as Sonja Modig
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (39)

If you were fortunate enough to see the first film and enjoyed it, chances are you will also enjoy this entry.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

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

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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.

Full Review… | December 13, 2010
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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.

Full Review… | November 30, 2010

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

Following up the amazing Girl With The Dragon Tattoo film was a tall order. This was no where near as good as the first movie and seemed to be very haphazard in patching together important parts of the book while leaving the parts out that might make sense. The books excellent the movie is good but not great.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


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.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

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