The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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 and Lisbeth dig for the truth, however, the greater the risk of being buried alive by members of the family who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets tightly sealed.more
Rating: R (for disturbing violent content including rape, grisly images, sexual material, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg, Nicolaj Arcel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 6, 2010
Box Office: $10.1M
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Michael Nyqvist
as Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace
as Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre
as Erika Berger
Sven-Bertil Taube
as Henrik Vanger
Peter Haber
as Martin Vanger
Peter Andersson
as Nils Bjurman
Marika Lagercrantz
as Cecilia Vanger
Ingvar Hirdwall
as Dirch Frode
Björn Granath
as Gustav Morell
Ewa Fröling
as Harriet Vanger
Michalis Koutsogiann...
as Dragan Armanskij
Annika Hallin
as Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp
as Malin Eriksson
David Dencik
as Janne Dahlman
Stefan Sauk
as Hans-Erik Wennerströ...
Gösta Bredefeldt
as Harald Vanger
Fredrik Ohlsson
as Gunnar Brannlund
Jacob Ericksson
as Christer Malm
Gunnel Lindblom
as Isabella Vanger
Reuben Sallmander
as Enrico Giannini
Yasmine Garbi
as Mimmi Wu
Margareta Stone
as Birgit Falk
Georgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Gyorgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Nina Norén
as Agneta Salander
Emil Almén
as Polis i Dalarna
Louise Ryme
as Receptionist
Mikael Rahm
as Bildredaktör
Willie Andréason
as Birger Vanger
Jan Mybrand
as Ekonomichef
Lennart R. Svensson
as Polisman i skogen
Kalled Mustonen
as Huliganer
Henrik Knutsson
as Huliganer
Barbro Enberg
as Äldre dam
Ola Wallinder
as Miltontekniker
Alexandra Pascalidou
as Kvinnlig TV Reporter
Siewert ??holm
as Programledare
Tehilla Blad
as Ung Lisbeth
Laura Lind
as Jennie Giannini
Isabella Isacson
as Monica Giannini
Richard Franc
as Gottfried Vanger
Per Oscarsson
as Holger Palmgren
Jocob Ericksson
as Christer Malm
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Critic Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (40)

An engrossing and classically suspenseful story

Full Review… | July 9, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

Rapace goes out of her way to insure you never forget her Lisbeth Salander, a diminutive gal with a colossal chip on her shoulder.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
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...

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Audience Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This was the very first foreign film ive sat thru completely with subtitles. Usually I go for the dubbing. .but this . . everything was perfect. What a tight, twisting thriller. Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth and Michael Nyqvist as Mikael shined. I can think of anything bad to say about this. It was a 2 and half hour ride that didnt feel long at all.

A 40 year old murder is attempted to be solved by a disgraced journalist and steampunk hacker.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


The highest-grossing European production in 2009, this intense Swedish thriller is both an interesting investigation drama and a terrifying sexual abuse story - and Naoomi Rapace's magnetic performance makes it certainly worth seeing.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Good but not as intense and captivating as the American version.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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