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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 175
Fresh: 150 | Rotten: 25

Its graphic violence and sprawling length will prove too much for some viewers to take, but Noomi Rapace's gripping performance makes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo an unforgettable viewing experience.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 5

Its graphic violence and sprawling length will prove too much for some viewers to take, but Noomi Rapace's gripping performance makes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo an unforgettable viewing experience.

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A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper Mikael

Jul 6, 2010

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All Critics (175) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (150) | Rotten (25) | DVD (6)

An engrossing and classically suspenseful story

July 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a handsome thriller, anchored by an arresting performance in the title role by Noomi Rapace.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com
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A chilling detective tale, a horrific sexual abuse drama and an overlong, emotional, tie-up-every-loose-end melodrama that is sure to be half an hour shorter when Hollywood remakes it without Swedish dialogue and probably without the cool Swedish edge.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comment (1)
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Rapace's haunting, enigmatic Lisbeth is the element that leaves you eager for the next two installments. She's fantastic, and so is the movie.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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A bracing survey course on the mystery genre set in a Scandinavian landscape as cold as a killer's kiss.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Appreciation of the film relies more on the performances than the problem-solving, and Rapace delivers a complicated and deliciously contrary performance that tattoos Lisbeth Salander straight onto the brain.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Rapace goes out of her way to insure you never forget her Lisbeth Salander, a diminutive gal with a colossal chip on her shoulder.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
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A clever story of murder and mystery interspersed with various acts of cyber-crime and corporate intrigue, it's the most refreshing thriller in recent memory.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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full review at Movies for the Masses

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

The final result is an adaptation that's just about as successful as its literary predecessor, with the film occasionally exceeding the book in a few areas...

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

... The rare film that lives up to the hype preceding it.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

So exquisitely crafted and the final result is a good treat for anyone who enjoys the journey of movies.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: BET.com
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Dragon Tattoo is from the beginning far more about it's hero's than it's villains which is a pleasant change. It's dark and dismal and beautiful and human and everything a crime film should be.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Witless, suit-and-tie porn posing as Great Art.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comments (8)
Projection Booth

Stieg Larsson's ... millions of fans [were] waiting to pounce on any missteps ... Fortunately, director Niels Arden Oplev has got things right.

November 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Do people love the original book so much they're willing to forgive a film that is sorely lacking in substance, motivation, action, tension, ambiguity and style?

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comments (12)
Quickflix

Graphic sexual violence in thrilling subtitled crime drama.

November 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Usprkos toga to je Larsson i kod nas ario i palio po knjiarama, hrvatski distributeri dosad nisu imali razumijevanja za vedsku trilogiju

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

It's really quite ingenious in a rather basic way.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Very few murder mysteries are as dark as this one. Fortunately, there is also some light in this movie to offset all that darkness.

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

An overlong, gestating, and sadistic version of a Murder She Wrote episode, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is all hype, confusing shocking imagery for thrilling storytelling.

September 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Matt's Movie Reviews

Met with much success throughout the world, and one must wonder if its rather old-fashioned mystery feel had something to do with it.

September 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Fans of the book have been disappointed in this workmanlike adaptation, but coming to it with no expectations it is quite involving...

September 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

It's not surprising David Fincher has put his hand up for the remake, as the subject material is right up his alley, a la Seven and Zodiac but an English-language remake seems so pointless (as usual) given the quality here.

September 1, 2010 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

[W]hile the film offers silly fun for a while, its ultimate schizophrenia and self-seriousness become its undoing.

July 10, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Comments (14)
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Audience Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I knew nothing about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or the Millennium trilogy before watching this film, only that three books/film exist and they have become very popular. I can't say I had or have the intention of reading them either as my 'To read' pile of books at home it tall enough as it is and generally when people I know, who I know don't read much, tell me 'You have to read this' I generally don't. However, I watched the film anyway and I thought it was entertaining and intriguing, enough so to want to see the next installment. As a film, I've seen better but then I've seen much worse too - It is a great film but when a story is hyped up so much, it's always going to be a little bit of a let down the longer you leave it. I suppose I was expecting something dramatically different, something new, the take maybe fresh but the idea is as old as the hills. Agatha Christie with a mohawk is still Agatha Christie.

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Good but not as intense and captivating as the American version.
February 2, 2014
Raajay

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two and a half stars
November 24, 2013
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    1. Lisbeth Salander: He's a evil motherfucker that hates women!
    – Submitted by xniquet L (2 years ago)
    1. Mikael Blomkvist: I would have never done it, Lisbeth. But I understand why you did. I don't know what you have experienced. But I was about to die in that cellar, and you saved my life. Whatever you have seen, you don't need to tell me. I'm just happy that you're here.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Lisbeth Salander: I've never done this before. Hold still, or it'll get messy.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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