The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

2009

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Critics Consensus

Its graphic violence and sprawling length will prove too much for some viewers to take, but Noomi Rapace's gripping performance makes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo an unforgettable viewing experience.

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A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper Mikael and Lisbeth dig for the truth, however, the greater the risk of being buried alive by members of the family who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets tightly sealed.

Cast

Michael Nyqvist
as Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace
as Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre
as Erika Berger
Sven-Bertil Taube
as Henrik Vanger
Peter Haber
as Martin Vanger
Peter Andersson
as Nils Bjurman
Marika Lagercrantz
as Cecilia Vanger
Ingvar Hirdwall
as Dirch Frode
Björn Granath
as Gustav Morell
Ewa Fröling
as Harriet Vanger
Michalis Koutsogiannakis
as Dragan Armanskij
Annika Hallin
as Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp
as Malin Eriksson
David Dencik
as Janne Dahlman
Stefan Sauk
as Hans-Erik Wennerström
Gösta Bredefeldt
as Harald Vanger
Fredrik Ohlsson
as Gunnar Brannlund
Jacob Ericksson
as Christer Malm
Gunnel Lindblom
as Isabella Vanger
Reuben Sallmander
as Enrico Giannini
Yasmine Garbi
as Mimmi Wu
Margareta Stone
as Birgit Falk
Georgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Nina Norén
as Agneta Salander
Gyorgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Emil Almén
as Polis i Dalarna
Louise Ryme
as Receptionist
Mikael Rahm
as Bildredaktör
Willie Andréason
as Birger Vanger
Jan Mybrand
as Ekonomichef
Lennart R. Svensson
as Polisman i skogen
Kalled Mustonen
as Huliganer
Henrik Knutsson
as Huliganer
Barbro Enberg
as Äldre dam
Ola Wallinder
as Miltontekniker
Alexandra Pascalidou
as Kvinnlig TV Reporter
Siewert Öholm
as Programledare
Tehilla Blad
as Ung Lisbeth
Laura Lind
as Jennie Giannini
Isabella Isacson
as Monica Giannini
Richard Franc
as Gottfried Vanger
Alexandra Hummingson
as Murder Victim
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Critic Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (159) | Rotten (28)

  • An engrossing and classically suspenseful story

    Jul 9, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a handsome thriller, anchored by an arresting performance in the title role by Noomi Rapace.

    Jun 25, 2010 | Full Review…
  • A chilling detective tale, a horrific sexual abuse drama and an overlong, emotional, tie-up-every-loose-end melodrama that is sure to be half an hour shorter when Hollywood remakes it without Swedish dialogue and probably without the cool Swedish edge.

    May 5, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Rapace's haunting, enigmatic Lisbeth is the element that leaves you eager for the next two installments. She's fantastic, and so is the movie.

    Apr 22, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A bracing survey course on the mystery genre set in a Scandinavian landscape as cold as a killer's kiss.

    Apr 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Appreciation of the film relies more on the performances than the problem-solving, and Rapace delivers a complicated and deliciously contrary performance that tattoos Lisbeth Salander straight onto the brain.

    Apr 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • Jun 06, 2014
    Based on the acclaimed novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a provocative noir thriller. The story follows disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist as he turns to a computer hacker in order to help him investigate the 40-year-old case of the disappearance/murder of a wealthy tycoon's granddaughter. The film does a particularly good job at creating an air of mystery, and at building suspense and tension as the investigation unfolds. The dark themes in the material are also handled impressively well. Additionally, Noomi Rapace gives an extraordinary performance that carries a sense of ambiguity and danger. While deeply disturbing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a compelling film that's full of thrills.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2014
    The first installment of the internationally well-received Millennium Trilogy goes by the rules of classic mystery thrillers, but has enough substance and entertainment value to guarantee a suspenseful ride with aggressive material, assaulting imagery and grisly content to attract the attention of foreign masses. Some pacing problems can be found, as the film rushes things and underdevelops certain characters and situations, while excluding others that could only be found in Stieg Larsson's original novel. It shows that it was an adaptation originally planned as a six-episode miniseries, but decided to run theatrically trying to cover "the most important stuff". Nevertheless, the director was lucky enough to handle solid material. Released next to <i>El Secreto de sus Ojos</i>, it was not the thriller that stole worldwide credit as a great story, yet it should be seen for those that either plan to watch Fincher's version or already have. Ironically, this does not feel as a non-Hollywood quality film. All directing and screenwriting trademarks could be confused with the U.S. if the characters were not speaking Swedish. Maybe it was a job for Hollywood after all. Will Fincher do his job well two years later? We shall find out soon. Before that, however, there is a trilogy that needs to be completed. 69/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2014
    Good but not as intense and captivating as the American version.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I'd never read the book, but I went into watching this wondering if it would maybe be reminiscent of Red Dragon/Manhunter. Just, 'cause... you know, big dragon tattoos and stuff. Just to let everybody know, straight from the get go, I did actually like this movie. Quite a bit. But, when a film receives anywhere near as much "hype" as movies like The Girl With The Dragon tattoo did, then I have to come in extra harsh. So here it is, my review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo! Adapting a book into a film is never easy, you either limit your creative freedom, or you ignore that and stray too far, then the fans of the book who'll be making up most of your audience will send you death threats and the like. Well probably most of them will just have a bit of a whinge, but you never know. I for one have not read the book, though my girlfriend has, and she told me many of the differences between the two mediums. Still, given that I've not read it personally, I'm reviewing the film as a stand alone. Lisbeth Salander (above right) is one of the films two main characters. She's a computer hacker and more or less a genius (not to mention very good looking). You never really find much about her out, and though I'm sure this was intentional (the the film is just one of a trilogy after all) I personally found it a little annoying. I like my characters relatable, particularly in a film as drama heavy as this. Still, Noomi Rapace acts the role perfectly, and I more or less was able to pass all annoyance I felt from her off as angsty youth-ness. Interestingly, the first half of the film is split between Lisbeth and another main character, Mikael. His story is about how he is disgraced journalist, hired by a wealthy businessmen to help locate his missing niece, who hasn't been seen in forty years. Apparently now is the time to get out the big guns. Dubious, but who am I to argue. Thinking about it now, the latter half of the film is about Lisbeth joining up with Mikael to help him continue to do what he was already doing. Which in my mind made Mikael more the major protagonist than the eponymous Lisbeth was. Also I'm quite certain he had more screen time. The Girl with the Dragon Tatto's half of the first half (quater?) is about her hacking Mikael's computer, (there was a reason for this I'm sure) and being raped by her legal guardian (above left). Seriously, this guy was a million times more creepy than the killer they're trying to track down the whole rest of the film, it honestly made it all rather anticlimactic. The movie had more short-comings. There's a bunch of Nazis, in real life you'd assume this is a bad thing sure, but usually they spice up a films bad-guy-liness. Here though it's like they've just been thrown in for the Hell of it. Also, it's possible that the whole Lisbeth/guardian rape thing and how she dealt with it was meant to be empowering, but honestly I think it toed the line far too closely to misogyny. Another reason I'm so surprised the film made in big in the US, I don't think I've ever heard so much critical acclaim for a movie with this much sexual violence. Of course I get that it's just a film, but it sure as Hell seems like the MPAA don't, so how'd it get such world-wide renown? Also on the bad, don't even bother trying to figure out "who-dunnit" in this "who-dunnit" film. Another case of crime thriller where the audience is purposefully left in the dark, then we're told what's going on point blank. I seriously couldn't even recall what half of the "mighta-dunnit" bad guys were doing in the story. If any of you have watched the extended edition of the Return of the King, you'll know what a great movie feels like when it just refuses to end, well, this is another shining example of exactly that. All that being said, let me take you back to the beginning. I do actually like this film, I think I managed to say almost everything bad about this movie that can be said. It's dark, it's brutal, it's emotional, it gets you thinking, it's beautiful and brilliant. Im sure a Hell of a lot of people out there would have some trouble stomaching this film, but if you can get past all that, (maybe concentrate on the subtitles if you're having a bad time) then there's no reason not to give it a go. I've seen worse, I've seen better, but I'm sure looking forward to opening up my copy of The Girl Who Played With Fire, and seeing where this all goes next. 78% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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