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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 224
Fresh: 193 | Rotten: 31

Brutal yet captivating, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the result of David Fincher working at his lurid best with total role commitment from star Rooney Mara.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 9

Brutal yet captivating, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the result of David Fincher working at his lurid best with total role commitment from star Rooney Mara.



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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures' three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. -- (C) Sony


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Steven Zaillian

Mar 20, 2012


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All Critics (224) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (193) | Rotten (31) | DVD (3)

It's certainly worth seeing if you missed the original. If you saw it, however, there's no way of unseeing it, and nothing in the new one to top it.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comments (39)
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Fincher's Dragon Tattoo is a faithful adaptation that brings the dazzle but shortchanges on the daring... It's gloriously rendered but too impersonal to leave a mark.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (64)
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What he has delivered is adequate, but it doesn't have any flavor - and of all the things Fincher is, "bland" is not usually one of them.

December 21, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (29)
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David Fincher's adaptation of the international best-seller is a triumph of craftsmanship over material.

December 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (5)
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An altogether leaner, meaner, more high-powered, stylish, and deftly directed affair, though similarly hampered by a too-long narrative fuse.

December 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (2)
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Even Fincher's elegantly gruesome style can't turn this Swedish noir into the meditation on evil and corruption that it fancies itself to be.

December 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (10)
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Steve Zaillian's script trims some the novel's fat, keeping the film a lean, mean and frightening beast.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source:

Whilst Fincher doesn't exactly blow the original out of the water, he does add enough to make the project feel less like an unnecessary retread than it otherwise may have.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

Fincher takes repeated stabs at creating depth but seldom draws blood in attempting to flesh out characters that just aren't that interesting.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

David Fincher's Hollywood take on the Stieg Larsson bestseller is a sleek yet somehow soulless adaptation.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

A compelling ride for die-hard fans of the book series, dramatic thriller enthusiasts, as well as anyone who enjoys Fincher's darker works.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

While this film is a brilliant, dispassionate rival to the also-brilliant Swedish original, the films that could really use the Fincher treatment are the two sequels.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source:

If you haven't seen the original Swedish film (which is highly recommended), this new version is good enough to recommend as a fair telling of the story with some really good performances and direction.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source:

Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo manages to build on the original film without copying it, reinventing it or ignoring it.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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Feels surprisingly tame thanks to weakened characters and story changes that rob the mystery of much-needed suspense.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo can't quite transcend its junk foundation or...the familiar beats of the other adaptation.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

I regret is that I'd seen the 2009 original and was familiar with the story because it took the punch out of the major plot points/twists.

May 8, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

A very moody, well made retelling of Stieg Larsson's book, but the film also lacks much purpose and sometimes focuses on the grim with an exploitative eye.

April 1, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Best picture? Best director? It's certainly better than some of the nominated films. But Fincher & Co. lose points every time this movie is nothing more than a slightly -- just ever so slightly -- inferior version of the Swedish films.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Comments (8)
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

It's ultimately David Fincher's perfectionist talent for creating a gripping aesthetic that raises this film above your average James Patterson adaptation.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

Was it really worth the effort? For all Fincher's famously fanatical control, he can't dispel the stench of half-baked cheese that hangs over the source material.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

I may be one of the few who prefers the original Swedish TV version, but Fincher does a nice job of staying faithful to the Larsson novel and infusing it with his own sense of style.

March 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

If you enjoy a good mystery that's as grimy as a stomped on cigarette on the pavement then this film will have you hooked. Fans of the books should be pleased.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Comment (1)
The Popcorn Junkie

It's an effective, if unfathomable, entry in the Fincher canon.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

Para quien no haya visto la adaptación sueca de 2009, La chica del dragón tatuado va a resultar una película mucho más interesante que para el resto.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comment (1)
Uruguay Total

Como todas as obras de Fincher que se calcam na razão, é uma produção envolvente, inteligente e intrigante.

January 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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Audience Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Only David Fincher could make a 'style over substance' thriller this impressive.
August 6, 2014
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

Really enjoyed this movie. And it can be watched more than once. You almost need to take notes at the beginning of the movie though.
May 13, 2014

Super Reviewer

A disgraced journalist and a young researcher who has been the victim of serial abuse throughout her life join forces to discover the fate of a girl who disappeared from a small Swedish town 40 years earlier. I was nowhere near as enamoured with the Swedish original as many others seemed to be, but this big budget American reinvention achieves something very rare; a Hollywood remake that is better than the original. Daniel Craig is a much more charismatic protagonist, Rooney Mara's Lisbeth seems like much less of a caricature and the supporting cast that includes Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgard provides much more dramatic depth. But it is Fincher's dark, brooding visuals that give the necessary texture and the result is a film that feels more adult and less sensationalist than the Swedish version. Like The Departed and Insomnia before it, TGWTDT is proof that a Hollywood remake CAN work in the right hands if the bigger budget is spent on talent rather than superfluous special effects.
April 15, 2014
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

I was utterly gripped by the drama. Excellent performances, great pace and overall adaptation.
February 2, 2014

Super Reviewer

    1. Martin Vanger: You know what's harder than shooting someone? Just missing him. That was a very good shot up at the cabin.
    2. Mikael Blomkvist: it didn't work. I'm here.
    3. Martin Vanger: Mikael, it did work. You're here.
    – Submitted by Rodrigo R (19 months ago)
    1. Lisbeth Salander: Something wrong with the report?
    2. Dirch Frode: No, no. It was quite thorough. I'm more interested in what's not in it.
    3. Lisbeth Salander: There's nothing 'not in it'.
    4. Dirch Frode: Your opinion of him isn't .
    5. Lisbeth Salander: He's clean in my opinion.
    6. Dirch Frode: You mean, he's hygienic?
    – Submitted by Kevin L (22 months ago)
    1. Lisbeth Salander: He has had a long standing sexual relationship with his co-editor of the magazine. It destroyed his marriage but not hers. He sometimes performs cunnilingus.... Not often enough, in my opinion.
    2. Dirch Frode: No you were right to leave that out.
    3. Lisbeth Salander: I know.
    – Submitted by Michael C (23 months ago)
    1. Mikael Blomkvist: 'There's one more possibility...'
    2. Lisbeth Salander: Just a second please... okay, what were you saying?
    – Submitted by Pattie B (23 months ago)
    1. Lisbeth Salander: I like working with you.
    2. Mikael Blomkvist: I like working with you too.
    – Submitted by Pattie B (23 months ago)
    1. Lisbeth Salander: Everybody has secrets, the trick is just finding out what they are.
    – Submitted by Jack P (2 years ago)
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