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



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.more
Rating: R (for strong violence, some sexual material, and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ulf Ryberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 25, 2011
Box Office: $5.2M
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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 Koutsogiann...
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
Gyorgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Anders Ahlbom Rosend...
as Peter Teleborian
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Critic Reviews for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (31)

A two and a half hour film, the poor script, infrequent action scenes and unforgivably anti-climactic conclusion make it feel like its taking place in real time.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
Hot Press

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest doesn't exactly give the Millennium trilogy the explosive send-off it deserves, and stacked against the other two movies in the series, it's perhaps the weakest story of the three.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

This film ends up being more of a courtroom drama, and yet it's almost as equally thrilling as the first film in the series.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012

Will make no sense to those who haven't seen the first two or read the books

Full Review… | April 15, 2012
Movie Habit

Unlike its two predecessors, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest boasts a briskly-paced opening half hour that proves effective at immediately drawing the viewer into the movie...

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

They cannot overcome completely the redundant, static nature of much of the novel, but they put up a good fight.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

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


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

Super Reviewer


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

Carlos Magalhães

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

Super Reviewer

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