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) Sony

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


as Mikael Blomkvist

as Lisbeth Salander

as Martin Vanger

as Henrik Vanger

as Erika Berger

as Anita Vanger

as Armansky

as Detective Morell

as Wennerström

as Plague

as Young Cecilia

as Young Henrik

as Young Isabella

as Young Harald

as Young Martin

as Young Morell

as Young Nilsson

as Young Anita

as Young Birger

as Isabella

as Hussein

as Young Frode

as Gottfried

as Tech at MacJesus

as Photo Editor

as TV Newscaster

as Detective Isaksson

as Hardware Clerk

as Forsman

as Tech Clerk

as Trinity

as Reporter at Vanger

as FSA Official

as FSA Reporter

as Wennerström's Lawyer

as Barbados TV Reporter

as Zurich TV Reporter

as Spain TV Reporter

as Miriam Wu

as Annika Blomkvist

as Christer Malm

as Magda Lovison

as Book of Death Victim

as Udevalla Detective

as Tech Clerk

as Isabella

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


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


A disgraced journalist and a young researcher who has been the victim of serial abuse throughout her life join forces to discover the fate of a girl who disappeared from a small Swedish town 40 years earlier. I was nowhere near as enamoured with the Swedish original as many others seemed to be, but this big budget American reinvention achieves something very rare; a Hollywood remake that is better than the original. Daniel Craig is a much more charismatic protagonist, Rooney Mara's Lisbeth seems like much less of a caricature and the supporting cast that includes Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgard provides much more dramatic depth. But it is Fincher's dark, brooding visuals that give the necessary texture and the result is a film that feels more adult and less sensationalist than the Swedish version. Like The Departed and Insomnia before it, TGWTDT is proof that a Hollywood remake CAN work in the right hands if the bigger budget is spent on talent rather than superfluous special effects.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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