The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Critics Consensus

Brutal yet captivating, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the result of David Fincher working at his lurid best with total role commitment from star Rooney Mara.



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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures' three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. -- (C) Sony


Daniel Craig
as Mikael Blomkvist
Rooney Mara
as Lisbeth Salander
Christopher Plummer
as Henrik Vanger
Stellan Skarsgard
as Martin Vanger
Robin Wright
as Erika Berger
Joely Richardson
as Anita Vanger
Goran Visnjic
as Armansky
Donald Sumpter
as Detective Morell
Ulf Friberg
as Wennerström
Tony Way
as Plague
Sarah Appelberg
as Young Cecilia
Julian Sands
as Young Henrik
Anna Björk
as Young Isabella
Gustaf Hammarsten
as Young Harald
Simon Reithner
as Young Martin
David Dencik
as Young Morell
Marcus Johansson
as Young Nilsson
Mathilda Von Essen
as Young Anita
Mathias Palmer
as Young Birger
Inga Landgre
as Isabella
Reza Debahn
as Hussein
Anders Berg
as Young Frode
Jurgen Klein
as Gottfried
Karl Josephson
as Tech at MacJesus
Sandra Andreis
as Photo Editor
Tess Panzer
as TV Newscaster
Alan Dale
as Detective Isaksson
Peter Carlberg
as Hardware Clerk
Jan Abramson
as Forsman
Matthew Wolf
as Tech Clerk
Leo Bill
as Trinity
Martina Lotun
as Reporter at Vanger
Anna Carlson
as FSA Official
Yvonne Ästrand
as FSA Reporter
Fredrik Dolk
as Wennerström's Lawyer
Christine Adams
as Barbados TV Reporter
Peter Hottinger
as Zurich TV Reporter
Joyce Giraud
as Spain TV Reporter
Elodie Yung
as Miriam Wu
Embeth Davidtz
as Annika Blomkvist
Joel Kinnaman
as Christer Malm
Karen E. Wright
as Magda Lovison
Leah Almada Harshaw
as Book of Death Victim
George Gerdes
as Udevalla Detective
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Critic Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

All Critics (241) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (207) | Rotten (34)

  • Fortunately the book is virtually foolproof if you leave it to speak for itself, as [Fincher] has done, thereby delivering a decent movie.

    Dec 23, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • It's certainly worth seeing if you missed the original. If you saw it, however, there's no way of unseeing it, and nothing in the new one to top it.

    Dec 22, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Fincher's Dragon Tattoo rockets through the freezing northern European landscape like the most powerful car on the market.

    Dec 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Fincher's Dragon Tattoo is a faithful adaptation that brings the dazzle but shortchanges on the daring... It's gloriously rendered but too impersonal to leave a mark.

    Dec 22, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What he has delivered is adequate, but it doesn't have any flavor - and of all the things Fincher is, "bland" is not usually one of them.

    Dec 21, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Immaculate style, questionable substance.

    Dec 21, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • Mar 27, 2016
    David Fincher at his finest, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is both a great adaptation of a fantastic book but also a disturbing look into the human psych, lead by a bravura performance by Rooney Mara, a great visual look and feel, and a hypnotic score by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor. Simply amazing.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2016
    Well acted, beautifully shot, well made plot and Rooney Mara putting a lot of dedication to her role. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a dark thriller that will make you immediately interested. The only flaw that I had with this film is that I felt that rape scene should've been handled differently rather than actually show it happening. I'm not the type of person to be like "This movie is disturbing and violent I hate this vial crap!" one of my favourite films of all time is Seven which ironically is also directed by David Fincher, but I felt that rape scene was unnecessary to show. That's my only flaw, this is a very well directed movie that you should definitely watch.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2015
    A film masterfully directed by David Fincher and an unbelievable performance by Rooney Mara.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2014
    In this film, a smart tech-savvy investigator named Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) decides to help a journalist named Mikael Blomvist (Daniel Craig) investigate the serial murders of several women. The film is cool and sleek and Lisbeth is an engaging character for her practical wisdom. She knows how and when to use her judgment of a situation to prepare herself from danger, for instance, or to protect herself or others. The biggest problem, in my view, is a very brutal rape and torture dropped early in the film. Not only is it unsettling to audiences, but it seems quite exploitative both toward the character Lisbeth and the actress Rooney Mara who plays her. If that or the revenge sequence following it were not in the film, it would be an almost perfect celebration of a very prudent and brave woman whom we could all learn from.
    Billie P Super Reviewer

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