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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 69
Rotten: 59

Critics Consensus: Slow and mostly devoid of the stellar chemistry between its two leads, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest is a disappointingly uneven conclusion to the Millennium trilogy.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: Slow and mostly devoid of the stellar chemistry between its two leads, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest is a disappointingly uneven conclusion to the Millennium trilogy.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 27,702


Movie Info

Author Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy" winds to a close with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, director Daniel Alfredson's adaptation of the best-selling novel following punky protagonist Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) as she fights to prove that she's innocent of committing multiple murders. As Lisbeth lies in intensive care, the corrupt officials in high office attempt to take advantage of her incapacitated state by accusing her of murder. But fiercely independent Lisbeth isn't … More

R (for strong violence, some sexual material, and brief language)
Drama , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
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In Theaters:
Jan 25, 2011
Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (59) | DVD (3)

A more apt title would be 'The Girl Who Sat Quietly in a Dimly Lit Room'.

Full Review… | November 29, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

It's only our investment in these fascinating characters and in wholly unraveling the mystery of Lisbeth Salander's awful past that keep it compelling.

Full Review… | November 10, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Hornet's Nest has a steady, bulletlike trajectory.

Full Review… | November 1, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is too akin to the tidying up of a television-series finale - albeit a very classy franchise with fine characters and able performances.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

If you haven't seen the first two films, do so and then see this one. If you have seen them, chances are you're already in the ticket line. Hornet's Nest has such a sweet sting.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Much of the problem can be traced to the villains of the piece: The snakes in the establishment are a bunch of really old white guys. Now this may be true to life, but it's hell on drama.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest doesn't exactly give the Millennium trilogy the explosive send-off it deserves, and stacked against the other two movies in the series, it's perhaps the weakest story of the three.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

This film ends up being more of a courtroom drama, and yet it's almost as equally thrilling as the first film in the series.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012

Will make no sense to those who haven't seen the first two or read the books

Full Review… | April 15, 2012
Movie Habit

Unlike its two predecessors, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest boasts a briskly-paced opening half hour that proves effective at immediately drawing the viewer into the movie...

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

They cannot overcome completely the redundant, static nature of much of the novel, but they put up a good fight.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

For me the most deadening aspect of these films is the presence of Michael Nykvist as Blomqvist; he seems to have a personality by-pass, and remains expressionless at all times, no matter what's going on.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
At the Movies (Australia)

The best thing that can be said about the excruciatingly dull, badly made closing chapter in this punishingly bad Swedish crime trilogy is that it really whets the appetite for the upcoming American version.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
The Age (Australia)

Its seems as if the production has taken a bullet to the brain just like its heroine.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
Concrete Playground

Seeing the first two films -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire -- will make the third film more satisfying.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald

While the least satisfying instalment in the trilogy, this still throbs with a slow-burning tension and provides an appropriate farewell to a compelling series.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011
FILMINK (Australia)

It's a story with something to say and a powerful way of saying it

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Urban Cinefile

At 142 minutes, it's long with some confusion, but the luminous presence of its star Noomi Rapace makes it well worth the journey

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Urban Cinefile

Lisbeth Salander, played by Noomi Rapace, spends most of the story constrained -- first in the hospital, then in prison. What fun is that?

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The third and final entry in Stieg Larsson's enormously successful series is perhaps the least thrilling, but it's easily the most satisfying.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011

Director Daniel Alfredson goes through the motions of the exposition-heavy plot with more efficiency than excitement...

Full Review… | January 25, 2011
Parallax View

Finale of dark subtitled Swedish trilogy still very violent.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Common Sense Media

Semi-satisfying, if you can keep up.

Full Review… | January 11, 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
Flick Filosopher

The gap between this and Dragon Tattoo is pretty big -- this won't be on my '10 Best' list and Tattoo might -- but as the rest of the story, it does nicely.

Full Review… | December 9, 2010
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

While the events are fascinating and entertaining, the film itself is less emotionally involving or viscerally thrilling.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest


I can't say I'm sorry that this is the last I'll see of The 'Millennium Trilogy'. I found The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to be both way too long and also quite dull. The first half involves people talking about doing something and the second half involves them doing it. No twists, no intrigue, no mystery and no character development. I just don't get the hype, like I've said in my other reviews, it must be all about the book and not about the films. The acting I think is pretty poor (although Noomi Rapace is good at not smiling) and the direction isn't as good as the first two films. Worst scene; the disappearing/reappearing waitress in the 'Gun fight' scene in the restaurant. The waitress in question seems completely oblivious that a man is machine gunning the restaurant to pieces and calmly walks around with a tray of drinks until she is 'saved' by a main character and only then realises that something is slightly different about her workplace. This is a half decent TV drama at best, even then I'm not sure it would get another series!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

The tale of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist concludes as Lisbeth is confined to a hospital bed but still the subject of investigation the ire of her psychotic half-brother.
While I find this film a fitting conclusion to one of the best thriller trilogies in recent memory, as a stand-alone film, it doesn't do much but continue the trajectory of the second installment. The villains whom we thought were vanquished return in different forms. As a result, there's nothing new added to the story or the characters, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is a good film but ultimately unnecessary. This is especially true at the very end; I won't give away any specifics, but it's enough to say that I was left wanting a more satisfying conclusion to the connection that the first two films developed between Salander and Blomkvist.
Noomi Rapace is Lisbeth Salander, the best actress for the part and a perfect embodiment of what the character projects, and the same can be said of Michael Nyqvist. I don't know if they're going to make an American remake of this film (I assume they are), but for all of Rooney Mara's talents, no one captures Salander's nihilism like Rapace.
Overall, you should see The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to complete the trilogy, but don't expect anything approaching the first film.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Taking off directly from where the second film ended, the momentum is kept really well in this final and concluding chapter of the Millenium saga. All the intense and fatal events that transpired in the first two, are now culminated in a battle for justice that is to be settled in the court room. Before entering those doors, however, we take part of an electrifying psychological game, where our heroes are in constant danger and the villains always out for blood. Chief antagonist Alex Zalachenko is a very menacing character, whom regardless to his brief appearance and physically crippled state, evokes great fear and unrest in us, for what he's capable of doing (and already have done) to Lisbeth and the other characters that we've grown to care about throughout the story. That, plus he bears a haunting resemblance to The Emperor in Star Wars. It will be hard to match his performance, so I hope David Fincher will make the right casting choice in his upcoming re-makes. At any rate, this is a satisfying end to the series, that despite a few bumps along the road, now enters the history books as one of the most daring, successful and memorable film trilogies ever made. And the fact that they were all conceived in my home country of Sweden, just makes the experience all the more fantastic.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

The conclusion to the swedish trilogy is quite a disappointing one. Knowing the events of the first two films before seeing this one is highly recommended because it will be easier to understand what is going on. Because the third book, is based mostly in the courtroom, and the main character is bedridden in a hospital for most of the first half, the film doesn't really have much to do. It's not boring to the point that it's unwatchable, it's just that it's slower, more relaxed, and then at the end things start happening again. Noomi Repace is great as usual, and so are the other actors, but the chemistry between the characters is lacking here. Overall, The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is a disappointingly uneven and unsatisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

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