The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Critics Consensus

Slow and mostly devoid of the stellar chemistry between its two leads, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest is a disappointingly uneven conclusion to the Millennium trilogy.



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Hospitalized Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) fights to prove that she's innocent of committing multiple murders with the help of her loyal friend, crusading reporter Mikael Blomkvist, in this gripping adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel. Directed by Daniel Alfredson.

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Michael Nyqvist
as Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace
as Lisbeth Salander
Annika Hallin
as Annika Giannini
Per Oscarsson
as Holger Palmgren
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
Tanja Lorentzon
as Sonja Modig
Mirja Turestedt
as Monica Figuerola
Anders Ahlbom
as Peter Teleborian
Magnus Krepper
as Hans Faste
Michalis Koutsogiannakis
as Dragan Armanskij
Niklas Hjulström
as Richard Ekström
Hans Alfredson
as Evert Gullberg
Micke Spreitz
as Ronald Niedermann
Georgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Tina Berg
as Nurse
Lennart Hjulström
as Fredrik Clinton
Niklas Falk
as Torsten Edklinth
Aksel Morisse
as Dr. Jonasson
Gören Sjögren
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (35)

  • The best thing that can be said about the excruciatingly dull, badly made closing chapter in this punishingly bad Swedish crime trilogy is that it really whets the appetite for the upcoming American version.

    Mar 2, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Seeing the first two films -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire -- will make the third film more satisfying.

    Feb 28, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a brisk conspiracy thriller about the moral deformations wrought by Sweden's neutrality during the second world war and the cold war, and the role of leftwing journalists to bring out the truth from a labyrinth of national intrigue.

    Nov 29, 2010 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • A more apt title would be 'The Girl Who Sat Quietly in a Dimly Lit Room'.

    Nov 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • As well as being conventional, The Girl Who Kicked is also confusing, dull and grubby (do we really need to see examples from a child-porn site?).

    Nov 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • The Girl Who Makes Us Wish We Were Anywhere Else.

    Nov 29, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

  • Sep 08, 2014
    The court scene was good but the rest was a little slow.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2014
    The concluding chapter of the Millennium series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is an intense political thriller. Facing an attempted murder charge and institutionalization, Lisbeth Salander goes on trial; meanwhile investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist works to uncover the secret cabal that Lisbeth's father was involved with. The courtroom drama scenes are especially well-written; full of tension and suspense. However, there are some issues with the story structure; as it feels more like an extended last act for the previous film than a film of its own. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest isn't as strong as the other installments of this trilogy, but it's still an exciting and dramatic film that pays off the series extraordinarily well.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2014
    A big compilation of uneventful sequences and a very boring pacing issue pervades Alfredson's take on the Millennium final delivery. Starting from the point in which the second film concluded, the events lead to nothing. It is pretty clear that there was a need to wrap things up. Unfortunately, this attempt culminated in uninteresting resolutions that would have worked better if left to the viewer's imagination. The personality of the characters is either changed for the worse or majoritarily lost, except for Lisbeth, whose enygmatic character is further explored returning to her iconic DVD cover look, which is maybe the most interesting feature besides the climax, which had interesting stuff going on. Needless to say, the aforementioned personal claimings are, of course, done from a filmwise perspective, excluding the logic of the novels entirely. Talking about coherence, the lack of soul and touches of darkness, crime and violence in the final chapter can be even considered as a stab in the back not so much for the second part, but definitely for the first. Trilogy: completed. Let's move on to Fincher. The immediate comparison standard will be, naturally, the first film. The sequels will have no business in it. Besides, Daniel Alfredson wasn't involved with "MIllennium 1" whatsoever, probably for the better. 53/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2013
    The tale of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist concludes as Lisbeth is confined to a hospital bed but still the subject of investigation the ire of her psychotic half-brother. While I find this film a fitting conclusion to one of the best thriller trilogies in recent memory, as a stand-alone film, it doesn't do much but continue the trajectory of the second installment. The villains whom we thought were vanquished return in different forms. As a result, there's nothing new added to the story or the characters, and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is a good film but ultimately unnecessary. This is especially true at the very end; I won't give away any specifics, but it's enough to say that I was left wanting a more satisfying conclusion to the connection that the first two films developed between Salander and Blomkvist. Noomi Rapace is Lisbeth Salander, the best actress for the part and a perfect embodiment of what the character projects, and the same can be said of Michael Nyqvist. I don't know if they're going to make an American remake of this film (I assume they are), but for all of Rooney Mara's talents, no one captures Salander's nihilism like Rapace. Overall, you should see The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to complete the trilogy, but don't expect anything approaching the first film.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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