Critic Review - McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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)
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Thomas Cassidy

Thomas Cassidy

It's more than "slightly" inferior version.

Mar 24 - 09:35 AM

Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox

But it isn't a version of the Swedish films. It's a different adaptation from the same source material. This film should be interpreted by its own merits, not by the merits of films that came before it.

Mar 26 - 10:48 PM

Ralph

Ralph Myers

clearly 2 films based off the same material are going to be compared, it's all a question of which film was a better adaption

Mar 31 - 08:42 PM

Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox

It shouldn't ever even be a question of how well it adapted the source material, it should be a question of how good the film is. Fincher controversially changed the ending of the film in a way that made it considerably better than the book or the Swedish films in my opinion - as an adaptation, then, it fails. But as a film, it succeeds.

Apr 5 - 02:40 PM

Ivana Komatina

Ivana Komatina

I don't like the ending of Fincher's movie - it felt too Americanized and Hollywood. Which is exactly the reasons why I like Swedish version better, it just seems like a more reasonable, life related story.

Jun 8 - 03:03 PM

Braden Deal

Braden Deal

amen

Nov 4 - 12:52 AM

Thomas Ponton

Thomas Ponton

Well that doesn't bode well considering the Swedish films weren't that great.

Apr 1 - 04:50 PM

Allan Cooperstein

Allan Cooperstein

Agree with almost everything but, after seeing the Swedish version twice, I found it more than "ever so slightly" inferior.
Nyqvist and Rapace easily outshine Craig and Mara, not that the latter are don't pull their weight.
The drama of the investigation is overly simplified and condensed compared to the Swedish.
This film was necessary only to those who didn't have the patience to watch the foreign version.
Okay, then those using the merit argument still lose as the Swedes captured this indelibly.

Sep 13 - 10:25 PM

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