The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)


The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)

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Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist remain extraordinarily well-suited to their roles, but the second installment in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy doesn't pack quite as much punch as the first.



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In "The Girl Who Played With Fire" -- the second installment in the "Millennium" trilogy following "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" -- Mikael Blomkvist is about to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society. On the eve of publication, the two investigating reporters are murdered and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander

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Michael Nyqvist
as Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace
as Lisbeth Salander
Annika Hallin
as Annika Giannini
Lena Endre
as Erika Berger
Peter Andersson
as Nils Bjurman
Jacob Ericksson
as Christer Malm
Sofia Ledarp
as Malin Eriksson
Johan Kylén
as Jan Bublanski
Per Oscarsson
as Holger Palmgren
Yasmine Garbi
as Miriam Wu
Tanja Lorentzon
as Sonja Modig
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (44)

  • The second film is more efficient than the first, less concerned with getting all the story on to the screen.

    Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Daniel Alfredson taking over from Niels Arden Oplev, maintains the sometimes disconcerting mixture of violence and righteous investigation that characterise the series.

    Sep 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Stuffed full of cliches and caricatures, the reigning one here being a large, blonde, over-muscled blockhead who feels no pain. If only audiences had the same advantage.

    Sep 22, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Readers of the books will surely be still delighted with Rapace's intense performance and those not familiar with them should enjoy an above-average thriller.

    Sep 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's shorter than the first, marginally less gruesome and violent, but appreciably more implausible and absurd...

    Aug 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A solid, if unspectacular second franchise segment.

    Aug 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden)


An underwhelming, overly convoluted and completely forgettable mess of a sequel full of inconsistencies and nonsensical situations, and it depends on too many coincidences and plot holes to keep its implausible narrative moving on.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Lisbeth Salander is the prime suspect in a scandal involving Swedish sex trafficking. I love Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, and even if she were just reading the phone book, I think I'd find her performance and the character compelling. While The Girl who Played with Fire isn't the phone book, it's not as interesting as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because there isn't the cold case antiquity of the mystery and the depth of having family drama at the film's heart. Focusing on sex trafficking, what this film does have is a clearer concentration on the theme that prevailed in Larsson's first book, misogyny. It's a theme Larsson handles with ease, creating male monsters and reasons why women like Salander revolt. Overall, the Millennium Trilogy continues to compel even if this doesn't reach the great heights that the original achieved.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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Discounting the weak and slow beginning, this second part in the Millenium trilogy is just as enthralling as the original. I long pushed off to watch it, after hearing about all the low to luke-warm opinions, but it actually proved to be a very worthy sequel. In the first 30 min you'll be tempted to hit the fast-forward button, but those patient enough to endure it, will be greatly rewarded in the second and final act. For what started out rather dullishly, eventually blossomed into a taut and compelling follow-up, with some incredibly fascinating plot twists. Not fully to the level of being on par with "Dragon Tattoo", but I'm still willing to give it the same rating, as the shortcomings are mostly in the margins.

Mike S
Mike S

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Following up the amazing Girl With The Dragon Tattoo film was a tall order. This was no where near as good as the first movie and seemed to be very haphazard in patching together important parts of the book while leaving the parts out that might make sense. The books excellent the movie is good but not great.

John Manard
John Manard

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