The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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) Sonymore
Rating: R (for brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Zaillian
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2012
Box Office: $102.5M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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
Matt Wolf
as Tech Clerk
Inga Landgr_
as Isabella
Donald Sumter
as Detective Inspector ...
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Critic Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

All Critics (224) | Top Critics (45)

Steve Zaillian's script trims some the novel's fat, keeping the film a lean, mean and frightening beast.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013

Whilst Fincher doesn't exactly blow the original out of the water, he does add enough to make the project feel less like an unnecessary retread than it otherwise may have.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

Fincher takes repeated stabs at creating depth but seldom draws blood in attempting to flesh out characters that just aren't that interesting.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

David Fincher's Hollywood take on the Stieg Larsson bestseller is a sleek yet somehow soulless adaptation.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

A compelling ride for die-hard fans of the book series, dramatic thriller enthusiasts, as well as anyone who enjoys Fincher's darker works.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

While this film is a brilliant, dispassionate rival to the also-brilliant Swedish original, the films that could really use the Fincher treatment are the two sequels.

Full Review… | September 25, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


This American adaptation of Larsson's best-seller is just as intriguing as the Swedish version but Fincher manages to create much more tension and maintain a more fluid pace - and it has a magnificent performance by Rooney Mara, who is definitely the star here.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Only David Fincher could make a 'style over substance' thriller this impressive.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

Really enjoyed this movie. And it can be watched more than once. You almost need to take notes at the beginning of the movie though.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Quotes

Martin Vanger: You know what's harder than shooting someone? Just missing him. That was a very good shot up at the cabin.
Mikael Blomkvist: it didn't work. I'm here.
Martin Vanger: Mikael, it did work. You're here.
– Submitted by Rodrigo R (3 years ago)
Lisbeth Salander: Something wrong with the report?
Dirch Frode: No, no. It was quite thorough. I'm more interested in what's not in it.
Lisbeth Salander: There's nothing 'not in it'.
Dirch Frode: Your opinion of him isn't .
Lisbeth Salander: He's clean in my opinion.
Dirch Frode: You mean, he's hygienic?
– Submitted by Kevin L (3 years ago)
Lisbeth Salander: He has had a long standing sexual relationship with his co-editor of the magazine. It destroyed his marriage but not hers. He sometimes performs cunnilingus.... Not often enough, in my opinion.
Dirch Frode: No you were right to leave that out.
Lisbeth Salander: I know.
– Submitted by Michael C (3 years ago)
Mikael Blomkvist: 'There's one more possibility...'
Lisbeth Salander: Just a second please... okay, what were you saying?
– Submitted by Pattie B (3 years ago)

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