The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

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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
William Bibbiani
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
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
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
December 23, 2011
Unable to make sense of Larsson's already confused source material, Fincher's film soon lapses into hypocrisy.
Devin Faraci
December 24, 2011
The ultimate poseur movie... [A cinematic] temporary tattoo, a way of feeling underground without ever committing to anything real.
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
December 21, 2011
Immaculate style, questionable substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
December 13, 2011
It's easy to see why David Fincher wanted to make it, but hard to shake the feeling that perhaps he shouldn't have bothered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric D. Snider
December 21, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
January 1, 2012
A waste of a great director's time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
Rob Vaux
December 20, 2011
Dragon Tattoo offers a handsome package built on rickety foundations, hoping to pass inspection on good looks alone.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 20, 2011
Once the hype dies, this movie will be best enjoyed as a drinking game. Down a shot of Absolut every time Craig whips his glasses on or off and you'll be blitzed by the halfway point.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 20, 2011
Surprisingly sanitized version of the Swedish blockbuster has little resonance in this Americanized form. Stick with with Swedish version - both book and film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 19, 2011
I'm not sure I've seen a more superfluous film that Fincher's pointless second take on a story that was served supremely well onscreen so recently...
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 19, 2011
Mr. Fincher's impressive skill is evident, even as his ambitions seem to be checked by the limitations of the source material and the imperatives of commercial entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 20, 2011
Seeing Fincher's version is like getting a Christmas gift of a book you already have.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
December 20, 2011
It's stylish, if not exactly subtle, and daringly brutal for a Hollywood movie. It's also so uneven and overlong that it may leave non-fans wondering what all the fuss has been about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
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Dana Stevens
December 20, 2011
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.
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
December 24, 2011
Ho, Ho, Anal Rape? Wha?? A boring, bland, exploitative movie with TWO graphic anal rape scenes? This is exactly what I want to see on Christmas weekend!
Full Review | Original Score: D
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