The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

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October 31, 2019
It's ultimately a film dealing in hackneyed horror tropes and employing a highly slippery and questionable toxic masculinity thesis.
August 5, 2019
Genre cliches abound, but while his back of tricks may be decidedly old hat, Oplev keeps the film consistently entertaining throughout.
August 30, 2018
The film is certainly faithful to every detail of the novel's intricate plot, which is fair enough, but does give it the feel of a plodding TV whodunit rather than a cinematic experience.
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
November 29, 2010
Witless, suit-and-tie porn posing as Great Art.
November 18, 2010
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?
September 20, 2010
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.
July 10, 2010
[W]hile the film offers silly fun for a while, its ultimate schizophrenia and self-seriousness become its undoing.
June 30, 2010
Revel[s] in its seedier aspects ... while appropriating every aesthetic trope from the modern Hollywood thriller handbook.
April 30, 2010
A lurid, painstakingly rendered episode involving the 'girl's' sexually abusive probation officer is redundant and suspect; it offers a chance to identify with a leering abuser even as it encourages a lust for revenge.
April 15, 2010
Director Niels Arden Oplev and two credited screenwriters have trouble resolving all of this and putting a somewhat happier spin on the story and characters at the end.
April 8, 2010
The story that was so compelling on the page, about the disappearance of a teenage girl 40 years earlier, feels simplified and literal.
April 1, 2010
all a little too much like an entry in the Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS series.
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.
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.
March 19, 2010
Noomi Rapace more or less looks the part that the filmmakers don't let her fully play.
March 18, 2010
A long and drawn-out Swedish crime-drama.
March 18, 2010
more of a compressed miniseries vomited onto the big screen, an experience that feels like it has had some critical information cut out of it rather haphazardly.
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.
March 17, 2010
Veers from Visconti's The Damned to Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs without the decadence or the thrills of either. In this case, the victim is Larsson.
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