The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
July 9, 2010
An engrossing and classically suspenseful story
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June 25, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a handsome thriller, anchored by an arresting performance in the title role by Noomi Rapace.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 5, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 22, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 16, 2010
A bracing survey course on the mystery genre set in a Scandinavian landscape as cold as a killer's kiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 16, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 9, 2010
You don't mess with Lisbeth Salander. And you'd do well not to miss her, either.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 8, 2010
It's the tender rapport that develops between Lisbeth and the older Blomqvist that sustains our interest in this violent, overlong film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 6, 2010
The mismatched leads make a compelling pair, and director Niels Arden Oplev keeps the action relatively tight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 2, 2010
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo grapples with far more than "whodunit." And it does a handy job of answering that question, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
April 2, 2010
There's a lot to revel in, be provoked by and obsess over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
March 29, 2010
The violence in this movie is so intense and upsetting and... I don't think actually serves the purposes of the storytelling or the points this movie wants to make.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 25, 2010
Stieg Larsson's best-selling crime novel has all the makings of a cinematic thriller. As directed by Niels Arden Oplev in Swedish with English subtitles, Tattoo is mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 22, 2010
Noomi Rapace throws herself into the title role, but something about the conception of her character, and about the far-reaching urgency of the sociopathic shocks behind the killing, smacks of a filmmaker pushing too hard.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 19, 2010
Noomi Rapace more or less looks the part that the filmmakers don't let her fully play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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March 19, 2010
The author is a sharp social critic, so what his characters uncover isn't just crime, but a whole dark side to Swedish society -- not least a terrible, sadistic misogyny.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 19, 2010
A stylish thriller with real complexity, people with interesting faces, a sensational actress cast as an ambisexual Goth hacker heroine -- the news about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is nothing but good.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 19, 2010
A finely plotted, stylishly photographed and brilliantly acted whodunit that clocks in at 2 1/2 hours but never seems long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 19, 2010
It's the rare 2 1/2 -hour film that doesn't make you look at your watch once. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is such a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 19, 2010
There's nothing calming about director Niels Arden Oplev's style, which is fast and furious and smartly mirrors content.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 18, 2010
Those who stick it out will see an especially dark murder mystery that presents Swedish society as corrupt and profoundly antagonistic to women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2010
Everyone has secrets in the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a mind-bending and mesmerizing thriller that takes its time unlocking one mystery only to uncover another, all to chilling and immensely satisfying effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 18, 2010
Rapace, a brooding beauty who won a Swedish Oscar for this performance -- and also appears in two more forthcoming installments of this series -- invests Lisbeth with a powerful, wounded dignity; she's much more than a Lara Croft-style cartoon.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 18, 2010
If you ignore The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (from the global bestseller by the late Stieg Larsson) because it's in Swedish with English subtitles, you probably deserve the remake Hollywood will surely screw up.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 18, 2010
A densely plotted 2 1/2-hour saga, with enough mutilation, serial homicide, S&M rough stuff, cold-blooded violence and frank nudity to spice up the saggy bits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 18, 2010
Told with a jolting, lurid energy, The Runaways feels oddly off-balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 18, 2010
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is rife with nightmarishly violent and horrific behavior. It's intense, graphic, frightening. And, yes, exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 18, 2010
It's easy to forget how dissatisfying so much Hollywood trash is until you see a good imported version.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 18, 2010
A poisonous gem, in large part thanks to fearless performances and an unwaveringly graphic sensibility that doesn't flinch at the most horrific parts of Larsson's story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2010
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is exceptionally well-acted. But I've sort of had it with this stuff, whether it's American or Swedish.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a compelling thriller to begin with, but it adds the rare quality of having a heroine more fascinating than the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 17, 2010
The cluttered narrative leaves little room for character development, though director Niels Arden Oplev does manage to accommodate plenty of gratuitous torture and rape.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 17, 2010
The film makes excellent use of the cold Scandinavian landscape to emphasize the story's gloomy loneliness. And Rapace and 
 Nyqvist have compelling chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
March 17, 2010
Every so often, you get the gift of watching an under-the-radar actor bloom into a critical-mass phenomenon before your bloodshot eyes...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Patterson
Village Voice
March 16, 2010
Catch it before the inevitable U.S. remake.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 15, 2010
For fans of Larsson's books this could be the highlight of the cinemagoing year - for the rest of us it's a solid, enjoyable but emotionally unengaging detective story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
March 9, 2010
A dark vitality fuels this cold case in the cold north of Sweden.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
May 4, 2009
Gives a relatively faithful idea of the novel's ingenious construction but only glimpses of its scathing portrait of Sweden as a corrupt, bankrupt and misogynistic society.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 27, 2009
It unfolds not with the breakneck velocity of a typical movie of this sort, but with the gradual, unforced, character-based focus of a novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
February 27, 2009
This action/art-house hybrid miraculously manages to be faithful to Larsson's novel without seeming slavish.
Full Review | Original Score: A-