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



Critic 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.

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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 about to play the scapegoat, and the more her accusers work to ruin her life, the harder she and her loyal friend Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) must push back to prove them wrong.more
Rating: R (for strong violence, some sexual material, and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ulf Ryberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 25, 2011
Box Office: $5.2M
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Michael Nyqvist
as Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace
as Lisbeth Salander
Annika Hallin
as Annika Giannini
Per Oscarsson
as Holger Palmgren
Lena Endre
as Erika Berger
Peter Andersson
as Nils Bjurman
Jacob Ericksson
as Christer Malm
Sofia Ledarp
as Malin Eriksson
Johan Kylén
as Jan Bublanski
Tanja Lorentzon
as Sonja Modig
Mirja Turestedt
as Monica Figuerola
Anders Ahlbom
as Dr. Peter Teleborian
Magnus Krepper
as Hans Faste
Michalis Koutsogiann...
as Dragan Armanskij
Niklas Hjulström
as Richard Ekström
Hans Alfredson
as Evert Gullberg
Micke Spreitz
as Ronald Niedermann
Georgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Tina Berg
as Nurse
Gyorgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Anders Ahlbom Rosend...
as Peter Teleborian
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (31)

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


This final chapter is not as infuriatingly incoherent as the previous one but is even less interesting, as it offers little tension and few surprises. Besides, it also lacks the chemistry between the two leads, who are once again barely seen together.

Carlos Magalhães

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

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