The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010)



Critic Consensus: 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
R (for brutal violence including a rape, some strong sexual content, nudity and language)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Paolo Roberto
as Himself
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All Critics (153) | Top Critics (39)

Again, it's worth the price of admission alone to spend time in the company of Sweden's premiere bisexual emo-sleuth...

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Time Out
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The Girl Who Played with Fire, may not be as good as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it's not chopped liver either.

Full Review… | August 4, 2010
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Delivers its first jolts moments after the opening credits and serves up surprisingly tender moments amidst the suspense and heart-pounding action.

August 4, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
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Resembles nothing so much as a workmanlike TV crime thriller.

Full Review… | July 16, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
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The Girl Who Played With Fire narrows instead of broadens, and while the final scenes are bloody indeed, they frustratingly raise questions the film doesn't care to answer for now.

Full Review… | July 14, 2010
Boston Globe
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In Rapace, it has an actress who brings a memorable literary character to indelible movie life, as Vivien Leigh did for Scarlett O'Hara.

Full Review… | July 14, 2010
TIME Magazine
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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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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