The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

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July 9, 2010
An engrossing and classically suspenseful story
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.
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.
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.
April 16, 2010
A bracing survey course on the mystery genre set in a Scandinavian landscape as cold as a killer's kiss.
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.
April 9, 2010
You don't mess with Lisbeth Salander. And you'd do well not to miss her, either.
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.
April 6, 2010
The mismatched leads make a compelling pair, and director Niels Arden Oplev keeps the action relatively tight.
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.
April 2, 2010
There's a lot to revel in, be provoked by and obsess over.
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 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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
March 19, 2010
A finely plotted, stylishly photographed and brilliantly acted whodunit that clocks in at 2 1/2 hours but never seems long.
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.
March 19, 2010
There's nothing calming about director Niels Arden Oplev's style, which is fast and furious and smartly mirrors content.
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