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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 22, 2011
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
December 21, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 21, 2011
David Fincher's adaptation of the international best-seller is a triumph of craftsmanship over material.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 20, 2011
An altogether leaner, meaner, more high-powered, stylish, and deftly directed affair, though similarly hampered by a too-long narrative fuse.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 20, 2011
Even Fincher's elegantly gruesome style can't turn this Swedish noir into the meditation on evil and corruption that it fancies itself to be.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 20, 2011
Provides all the jolts and forward motion that any good airport novel gives you, but it's the film equivalent of the book that kept you awake from Chicago to Baltimore, only you don't feel bad about leaving it on the seat next to you after you land.
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Mark Rabinowitz
CNN.com
December 20, 2011
When it comes down to it, this is Rooney Mara's movie, and I don't care if the second and third stories are any good as long as they are full of Lisbeth Salander.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 20, 2011
This is what a movie adaptation should be: a film whose base narrative has its roots in the source material but whose soul can be identified through the images that unfold on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 20, 2011
I don't think I've seen an actor do more with deadpan expressions than Mara does in this movie. Her face doesn't move but, whether she's tasing a man or standing in front of a mirror watching a cigarette dangle from her mouth, we respond to her.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 20, 2011
Mara's Lisbeth can be brashly young and impossibly smart. It's a performance that should well serve the upcoming sequels.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 20, 2011
Mara's bristling, unbridled performance gives the film the ballast it needs to pull off that curious, undeniably engrossing, balancing act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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December 20, 2011
The Swedish version was sloppier and trashier, which suited the material. If that movie was more lurid, it also packed more genuine emotion.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 20, 2011
It's stylish, if not exactly subtle, and daringly brutal for a Hollywood movie. It's also so uneven and overlong that it may leave non-fans wondering what all the fuss has been about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 20, 2011
This Dragon flies, but it never really breathes fire.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 20, 2011
The kick in this material, especially in this new version which plays down Mikael's surliness, is Lisbeth, a pixieish polysexual outlier who seems equipped with her own portable storm cloud.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 20, 2011
Seeing Fincher's version is like getting a Christmas gift of a book you already have.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 20, 2011
The dynamic between Craig and Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is so sensational, it instantly propels the movie beyond glossy, high-toned pulp into something far more affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 20, 2011
This is an ingenious and engrossing work of pop cinema. That said, when it was over I felt a wave of ennui wash over me upon reflecting that we've got two more of these to go.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 20, 2011
A solidly crafted, creepily suspenseful thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 20, 2011
Fincher's electrifying storytelling makes the most of unsettling visuals, large casts, complex plots and sharp dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 20, 2011
This film's cold, almost robotic conception of Salander as a twitchy, anorexic waif feels more like a stunt than a complete character, and so the best part of the reason we care enough to endure all that mayhem has gone away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 20, 2011
Once the hype dies, this movie will be best enjoyed as a drinking game. Down a shot of Absolut every time Craig whips his glasses on or off and you'll be blitzed by the halfway point.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 20, 2011
The film hits a nice groove in the interplay between Craig and Mara, together and apart, and Fincher displays his usual mastery at explicating the finer points of an investigation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 20, 2011
In the incendiary performance by Rooney Mara, one of the year's best, you have all the incentive you need to drag out the Dragon Tattoo gun yet again.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 20, 2011
This is never the kind of movie where they're going to fall in love. That she even smiles is a breakthrough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 19, 2011
The Swedish version was originally made for television and seen in installments. Fincher's movie is 158 minutes and meant to be seen in one shot - and that's precisely how those 158 minutes go by, in a shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 19, 2011
On to The Girl Who Played With Fire, please!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 19, 2011
Fincher's film, with its chilly esthetics, would seem as calculated as a Michael Crichton thriller of the '90s. But Mara keeps us entranced even when we want to look away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 19, 2011
Projects and directors are rarely better matched than The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and David Fincher.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 19, 2011
"Dragon Tattoo" knows precisely how to achieve its look, rhythm, sound and spirit. It's extremely well made by a genuine and reliable talent. But I thought he was done with this sort of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 19, 2011
Not too surprisingly, Fincher doesn't bring his auteur A-game here, though his crafty B-game is better than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 19, 2011
Fincher pushes the tale of serial killing to the blackest depths of noir depravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 19, 2011
Mr. Fincher's impressive skill is evident, even as his ambitions seem to be checked by the limitations of the source material and the imperatives of commercial entertainment.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 19, 2011
Mara's performance has a ferocity that will linger in your mind long after the two or three endings have faded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 18, 2011
[Fincher] never abandons his meticulousness -- it's what allows him to position you in the exact right spot to deliver the blow.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 14, 2011
The great screenwriter Steven Zaillian's elaborate, convoluted script, so muddled that even after it's over you still don't know what it's all about, is a drawback -- but the movie is a master class in sinister style, tense and deeply uncomfortable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 13, 2011
Though Fincher hits all the right emotional beats and does all the memorable set pieces, his exquisite craft can't distract from a number of troubling questions at the story's core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 13, 2011
Crisp, stylish and well-acted English-language adaptation. Rooney Mara rocks this role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
December 13, 2011
Fans of the book and film should rest easy at how this 'Dragon Tattoo' is still inherently a Swedish tale - set and partly shot in Sweden - and Fincher doesn't flinch from the sexual violence at their core.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 13, 2011
[Fincher] has made The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo into an electrifying movie by turning the audience into addicts of the forbidden, looking for the sick and twisted things we can't see.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 13, 2011
Craig is an anchor of cool rationality and judiciousness around which Mara revolves like a demon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 13, 2011
David Fincher's much-anticipated return to serial-killer territory is a fastidiously grim pulp entertainment that plays like a first-class train ride through progressively bleaker circles of hell.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 13, 2011
Fine American version of the literary sensation delivers everything except that something extra.
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 5, 2011
This is a bleak but mesmerizing piece of filmmaking; it offers a glancing, chilled view of a world in which brief moments of loyalty flicker between repeated acts of betrayal.