The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

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

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  • 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


This final chapter is not as infuriatingly incoherent as the previous one but is even less interesting, with very little tension and few surprises. Besides, it also lacks that chemistry between the two leads, who are once again barely seen together.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Enjoyed, but definitely need to see the first two first. It is very long and can drag a little, but Lisbeth in court makes it all worthwhile.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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 Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Taking off directly from where the second film ended, the momentum is kept really well in this final and concluding chapter of the Millenium saga. All the intense and fatal events that transpired in the first two, are now culminated in a battle for justice that is to be settled in the court room. Before entering those doors, however, we take part of an electrifying psychological game, where our heroes are in constant danger and the villains always out for blood. Chief antagonist Alex Zalachenko is a very menacing character, whom regardless to his brief appearance and physically crippled state, evokes great fear and unrest in us, for what he's capable of doing (and already have done) to Lisbeth and the other characters that we've grown to care about throughout the story. That, plus he bears a haunting resemblance to The Emperor in Star Wars. It will be hard to match his performance, so I hope David Fincher will make the right casting choice in his upcoming re-makes. At any rate, this is a satisfying end to the series, that despite a few bumps along the road, now enters the history books as one of the most daring, successful and memorable film trilogies ever made. And the fact that they were all conceived in my home country of Sweden, just makes the experience all the more fantastic.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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