The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
November 18, 2010
Do people love the original book so much they're willing to forgive a film that is sorely lacking in substance, motivation, action, tension, ambiguity and style?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2010
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is exceptionally well-acted. But I've sort of had it with this stuff, whether it's American or Swedish.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 20, 2010
An overlong, gestating, and sadistic version of a Murder She Wrote episode, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is all hype, confusing shocking imagery for thrilling storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 30, 2010
Revel[s] in its seedier aspects ... while appropriating every aesthetic trope from the modern Hollywood thriller handbook.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 19, 2010
Noomi Rapace more or less looks the part that the filmmakers don't let her fully play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
March 15, 2010
The effect is a diminution of the book's giant reputation, which, on reflection, may not be such a bad thing.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
November 29, 2010
Witless, suit-and-tie porn posing as Great Art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 17, 2012
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
March 18, 2010
more of a compressed miniseries vomited onto the big screen, an experience that feels like it has had some critical information cut out of it rather haphazardly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 18, 2010
A long and drawn-out Swedish crime-drama.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jeremy Heilman
July 10, 2010
[W]hile the film offers silly fun for a while, its ultimate schizophrenia and self-seriousness become its undoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 40/100
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
March 29, 2010
The violence in this movie is so intense and upsetting and... I don't think actually serves the purposes of the storytelling or the points this movie wants to make.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 17, 2010
The cluttered narrative leaves little room for character development, though director Niels Arden Oplev does manage to accommodate plenty of gratuitous torture and rape.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 30, 2010
A lurid, painstakingly rendered episode involving the 'girl's' sexually abusive probation officer is redundant and suspect; it offers a chance to identify with a leering abuser even as it encourages a lust for revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 15, 2010
You watch this slick, headache-inducing piece of trash in constant awe of how much lower it could possibly go.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 22, 2010
Noomi Rapace throws herself into the title role, but something about the conception of her character, and about the far-reaching urgency of the sociopathic shocks behind the killing, smacks of a filmmaker pushing too hard.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 5, 2010
The eponymous "girl" is the only reason to see this dull, misconceived drama that centers on a defamed male journalist who takes a job with a rich industrialist.
Cosmo Landesman
Times [UK]
March 15, 2010
If only The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo provided the food for thought the novel gave us, it would be a far better film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 15, 2010
This film is probably too long, and it's only after the first hour that the narrative engines are properly revved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Armond White
New York Press
March 17, 2010
Can we please have a moratorium on serial killer, Holocaust and child-abuse combos?
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