The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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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.

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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
Gyorgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Nina Norén
as Agneta Salander
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
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Critic Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (40)

  • 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


The highest-grossing European production in 2009, this intense Swedish thriller is both an interesting investigation drama and a terrifying sexual abuse story - and Naoomi Rapace's magnetic performance makes it certainly worth seeing.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Good but not as intense and captivating as the American version.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


This is an excellent movie. Good acting, great plot, suspenseful, and entertaining. Noomi Rapace is perfect in the role of a troubled, but extremely intelligent, hacker. Some violence and not for the kiddies, but well worth watching.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

This was the very first foreign film ive sat thru completely with subtitles. Usually I go for the dubbing. .but this . . everything was perfect. What a tight, twisting thriller. Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth and Michael Nyqvist as Mikael shined. I can think of anything bad to say about this. It was a 2 and half hour ride that didnt feel long at all. A 40 year old murder is attempted to be solved by a disgraced journalist and steampunk hacker.

John Manard
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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