The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Reviews

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October 28, 2010
It always is a challenge to convert a dense novel to the screen, but Hornet's Nest starts so slowly that it has a lot to overcome when it finally reveals some surprises in the last third of the film.
October 28, 2010
...seems like a teleplay, all talk and extreme closeups with exactly three action scenes in 148 minutes. Noomi Rapace does nothing but look remote...
October 28, 2010
criers and the soft of heart need not apply
October 28, 2010
As superb as the Swedish actress Noomi Rapace has been up to this point, there's nothing she can do to bring craft or excitement to the act of texting.
October 28, 2010
There was no chance that the film adaptation of the third book in Stieg Larsson's internationally bestselling Millennium trilogy would be as strong as the first.
October 28, 2010
Alfredson is merely interested in repeating the highlights, recreating the best moments of the book but also the worst, resulting in a film that hits with precision as often as it seems to drag endlessly.
October 28, 2010
Dark and glacially paced way to wrap up a trilogy
October 28, 2010
...something of a dull disappointment, but does ultimately bring the saga of epically abused computer genius Lisbeth Salander to a satisfying close.
October 28, 2010
It's a rather wobbly blend of courtroom drama and loose ends tied, albeit rather leisurely.
October 28, 2010
Who wants to spend most of a movie without its best character?
October 28, 2010
Lifeless, talky series wrap up that induces more of a sense of submission than finality, stumbling through a complicated terrain of exposition without a desirable wallop of blistering suspense.
October 27, 2010
The ending at least offers some satisfying comeuppance, but it's a bit of a chore getting there.
October 27, 2010
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is mostly an epic rehash of the tale Larsson has already told, and that makes it, at two hours and 28 minutes, the first movie in the series that never catches fire.
October 27, 2010
Lisbeth stuck in a confined space is like Superman trapped in a phone booth: It's a blueprint for a mighty boring superhero movie.
October 27, 2010
The Swedish trilogy trundles to a wobbly finale that's heavy on plot and cheap theatrics, but light on the dark, mesmerizing energy that made the first film so watchable.
October 27, 2010
Nearly two and a half hours have been filled with the clickety-clack of laptops, extremely polite interrogations and the feverish researching of -- wait for it -- a multipage magazine article.
October 26, 2010
Like the first two Millennium movies, this final installment feels thoughtlessly put together, its script unpruned and rushed through, all to capitalize on the staggering worldwide popularity of its dead author.
October 25, 2010
Larsson is renowned for his attention to marginal details, which gives his prose a rambling, one-thing-after-another pace that many readers find soothing. Onscreen, the lack of acceleration makes for one of those long Scandinavian winter nights.
October 24, 2010
Where "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" had taught criss-crossing subplots of boundless significance, the final act of the trilogy is little more than a tepid courtroom drama with some willy-nilly spectacle thrown in for good measure.
October 23, 2010
Alfredson's empty aesthetics mimic Hollywood conventions but merely exacerbate the hollowness of this entire affair.
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