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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010)

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Critic 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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Cast

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

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (31)

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

Full Review… | November 29, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

It's only our investment in these fascinating characters and in wholly unraveling the mystery of Lisbeth Salander's awful past that keep it compelling.

November 10, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Hornet's Nest has a steady, bulletlike trajectory.

Full Review… | November 1, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is too akin to the tidying up of a television-series finale - albeit a very classy franchise with fine characters and able performances.

October 29, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

If you haven't seen the first two films, do so and then see this one. If you have seen them, chances are you're already in the ticket line. Hornet's Nest has such a sweet sting.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Much of the problem can be traced to the villains of the piece: The snakes in the establishment are a bunch of really old white guys. Now this may be true to life, but it's hell on drama.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

½

This final chapter is not as infuriatingly incoherent as the previous one, but still it is even less interesting, with 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

Super Reviewer

½

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

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