The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

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Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
September 25, 2013

Steve Zaillian's script trims some the novel's fat, keeping the film a lean, mean and frightening beast.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013

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.

Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: C
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
October 2, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 25, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 18, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 22, 2012

Feels surprisingly tame thanks to weakened characters and story changes that rob the mystery of much-needed suspense.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 17, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 8, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
April 1, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Catherine Bray
Film4
March 22, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 19, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
March 14, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz
January 30, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 29, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 25, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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