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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

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June 20, 2017
An elegant balance between light and dark, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo benefits from Fincher's ascetic treatment, and will silence any of the naysayers who felt the whole American version was little more than a money grab.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 5, 2016
I can't help but puzzle over the new Lisbeth and what, exactly, this film is lacking that doesn't make it Fincher-level great.
September 25, 2013
Steve Zaillian's script trims some the novel's fat, keeping the film a lean, mean and frightening beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 8, 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.
May 26, 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 | Original Score: C
March 4, 2013
David Fincher's Hollywood take on the Stieg Larsson bestseller is a sleek yet somehow soulless adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 25, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2012
If you haven't seen the original Swedish film (which is highly recommended), this new version is good enough to recommend as a fair telling of the story with some really good performances and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2012
Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo manages to build on the original film without copying it, reinventing it or ignoring it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 22, 2012
Feels surprisingly tame thanks to weakened characters and story changes that rob the mystery of much-needed suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 17, 2012
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo can't quite transcend its junk foundation or...the familiar beats of the other adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 8, 2012
I regret is that I'd seen the 2009 original and was familiar with the story because it took the punch out of the major plot points/twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2012
A very moody, well made retelling of Stieg Larsson's book, but the film also lacks much purpose and sometimes focuses on the grim with an exploitative eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 23, 2012
Best picture? Best director? It's certainly better than some of the nominated films. But Fincher & Co. lose points every time this movie is nothing more than a slightly -- just ever so slightly -- inferior version of the Swedish films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 22, 2012
It's ultimately David Fincher's perfectionist talent for creating a gripping aesthetic that raises this film above your average James Patterson adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2012
Was it really worth the effort? For all Fincher's famously fanatical control, he can't dispel the stench of half-baked cheese that hangs over the source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 14, 2012
I may be one of the few who prefers the original Swedish TV version, but Fincher does a nice job of staying faithful to the Larsson novel and infusing it with his own sense of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 8, 2012
If you enjoy a good mystery that's as grimy as a stomped on cigarette on the pavement then this film will have you hooked. Fans of the books should be pleased.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 30, 2012
It's an effective, if unfathomable, entry in the Fincher canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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