The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
November 29, 2010
A more apt title would be 'The Girl Who Sat Quietly in a Dimly Lit Room'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 10, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 1, 2010
Hornet's Nest has a steady, bulletlike trajectory.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: A
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 29, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 29, 2010
One of the knottiest, talkiest tangles of celluloid to roll into theaters this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 29, 2010
Feels like the concluding chapter it is, with neatly tied loose ends and closing remarks, though it unfolds as something of a secular passion play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 29, 2010
An overgenerous helping of recapitulation, a long procedural that's more about Lisbeth's persecutors and protectors than about her.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 29, 2010
Expunging the clichés, coincidences, flat dialogue and dull exposition will present a challenge for director David Fincher as he begins to remake the films in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 29, 2010
The final, deeply satisfying conclusion to the trilogy of Swedish thrillers based on Stieg Larsson's bestselling novels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2010
An extremely satisfying ending to the story of Lisbeth Salander, the tough Swedish cyber punk that actress Noomi Rapace has turned into an iconic New Age heroine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 28, 2010
It always is a challenge to convert a dense novel to the screen, but Hornet's Nest starts so slowly that it has a lot to overcome when it finally reveals some surprises in the last third of the film.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 28, 2010
More than the other two, this is Rapace's movie; Michael Nyqvist's ever-rumpled Blomkvist has less to do, and their main scene together is just a tantalizing glimpse at the end; a brief, poignant reminder that we've come to the end of the road...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 28, 2010
Hornet's Nest is talky but indisputably terrific, and it ends in a dazzling display of courtroom fireworks. Rapace is hot stuff in any language. Oscar, take heed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 28, 2010
The film huffs and wheezes under the strain of its narrative baggage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
October 28, 2010
Anyone who has read Larsson's novels will be sympathetic to filmmakers trying to pare down and distill these books.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 28, 2010
A rousing, grueling, almost operatically scaled finale to the series.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 28, 2010
As superb as the Swedish actress Noomi Rapace has been up to this point, there's nothing she can do to bring craft or excitement to the act of texting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 28, 2010
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest comes close to self-parody at times ... [but] the final chapter has its satisfying turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 28, 2010
There was no chance that the film adaptation of the third book in Stieg Larsson's internationally bestselling Millennium trilogy would be as strong as the first.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 28, 2010
Since the heroine spends half her screen time recovering from brain surgery, Rapace has less to do than in the first two movies, but she's striking in full punk regalia during a tense courtroom sequence.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 28, 2010
Unlike The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which can stand on its own, the other two films need to be seen as a set. Neither is complete without the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 28, 2010
It's a rather wobbly blend of courtroom drama and loose ends tied, albeit rather leisurely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 28, 2010
So what has happened is that this uptight, ferocious, little gamine Lisbeth has won our hearts, and we care about these stories and think there had better be more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2010
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is mostly an epic rehash of the tale Larsson has already told, and that makes it, at two hours and 28 minutes, the first movie in the series that never catches fire.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 27, 2010
Lisbeth stuck in a confined space is like Superman trapped in a phone booth: It's a blueprint for a mighty boring superhero movie.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 27, 2010
Nearly two and a half hours have been filled with the clickety-clack of laptops, extremely polite interrogations and the feverish researching of -- wait for it -- a multipage magazine article.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 26, 2010
Like the first two Millennium movies, this final installment feels thoughtlessly put together, its script unpruned and rushed through, all to capitalize on the staggering worldwide popularity of its dead author.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 25, 2010
Larsson is renowned for his attention to marginal details, which gives his prose a rambling, one-thing-after-another pace that many readers find soothing. Onscreen, the lack of acceleration makes for one of those long Scandinavian winter nights.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 8, 2010
The movie features a great finish, where three movies' worth of subplots and characters dovetail into a breathtaking climax and final confrontation that is positively soul satisfying.