Stieg Larsson - The Man Who Played With Fire Reviews

April 25, 2019
With the rise of populism and alt-right movements in Europe and North America, the doc leaves you wondering what Larsson would make of the current state of politics.
April 8, 2019
Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire is particularly unnerving due to its timeliness, as there are clear parallels between the events portrayed here and our current political climate in the United States.
February 8, 2019
You don't get a lot of Lisbeth Salander here. But you do get an overview of fascist/nationalist movements in Sweden and beyond over recent decades, which lends this well-crafted effort interest well beyond the strictly biographical.
February 5, 2019
Stieg Larsson: The Man who Played with Fire is exciting in the way it covers various different points of interest, while incorporating just enough of Larsson's personal life.
February 2, 2019
Stieg Larsson's story may be best served through the lens of a filmmaker who is granted some artistic license to explore the legacy of this remarkably brave and passionate journalist.
January 30, 2019
The documentary "Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire" feels like a missed opportunity, a movie that focuses on one aspect of the late author's work... that doesn't connect that work enough to his famous "Millennium" thrillers.
January 28, 2019
You owe it to Larsson to watch ... not only to honor what he was trying to do then but to recognize that this is a history of what's happened in much of the world.
January 28, 2019
Over the course of 95 minutes, we'll come to learn that the writer was, in some ways, a canary in the coal mine of today's rise in extreme right-wing views and the way many who espouse them have latched on to populist agendas in modern politics
January 28, 2019
Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire is yet another vital reminder of the importance of a free press in a democratic society.
January 27, 2019
Though the subject matter is captivating, the information overload becomes dry, and the sparse bits of reenactment seem inconsequential to the overall narrative.
January 26, 2019
The best-selling author's life was just as compelling as his fiction.
January 26, 2019
A well researched, serious-minded portrait of Larsson, his lifelong fight against right-wing extremism and his fearless engagement with the darkest corners of Swedish society.
January 26, 2019
While Stieg Larsson may be better known for the Millennium trilogy, we should remember him for his work in exposing neo-Nazis and the Swedish far-right.
January 26, 2019
As a document of a crime author foreseeing the rise of political criminality going mainstream, The Man Who Played With Fire is hot to the touch, even if it's cool on too keenly exploring the inner-life of that fellow holding the matches.
January 26, 2019
Though documentary re-enactments can come across slapdash, Georggson's attempt to create an authentic portrait of his subject with period-appropriate production design and costuming results in a mood not unlike a David Fincher film or a Larsson novel.