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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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An engrossing and classically suspenseful story

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 9, 2010
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a handsome thriller, anchored by an arresting performance in the title role by Noomi Rapace.

Full Review Source: Film.com

June 25, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 5, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 22, 2010
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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A bracing survey course on the mystery genre set in a Scandinavian landscape as cold as a killer's kiss.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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You don't mess with Lisbeth Salander. And you'd do well not to miss her, either.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's the tender rapport that develops between Lisbeth and the older Blomqvist that sustains our interest in this violent, overlong film.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The mismatched leads make a compelling pair, and director Niels Arden Oplev keeps the action relatively tight.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

April 6, 2010
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo grapples with far more than "whodunit." And it does a handy job of answering that question, too.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 2, 2010
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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There's a lot to revel in, be provoked by and obsess over.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 2, 2010
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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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.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

March 29, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Stieg Larsson's best-selling crime novel has all the makings of a cinematic thriller. As directed by Niels Arden Oplev in Swedish with English subtitles, Tattoo is mesmerizing.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2010
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 22, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Noomi Rapace more or less looks the part that the filmmakers don't let her fully play.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 19, 2010
Bob Mondello
NPR
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The author is a sharp social critic, so what his characters uncover isn't just crime, but a whole dark side to Swedish society -- not least a terrible, sadistic misogyny.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 7.5/10

March 19, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A stylish thriller with real complexity, people with interesting faces, a sensational actress cast as an ambisexual Goth hacker heroine -- the news about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is nothing but good.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 19, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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A finely plotted, stylishly photographed and brilliantly acted whodunit that clocks in at 2 1/2 hours but never seems long.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's the rare 2 1/2 -hour film that doesn't make you look at your watch once. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is such a film.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There's nothing calming about director Niels Arden Oplev's style, which is fast and furious and smartly mirrors content.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 19, 2010
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Those who stick it out will see an especially dark murder mystery that presents Swedish society as corrupt and profoundly antagonistic to women.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Everyone has secrets in the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a mind-bending and mesmerizing thriller that takes its time unlocking one mystery only to uncover another, all to chilling and immensely satisfying effect.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 18, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Rapace, a brooding beauty who won a Swedish Oscar for this performance -- and also appears in two more forthcoming installments of this series -- invests Lisbeth with a powerful, wounded dignity; she's much more than a Lara Croft-style cartoon.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 18, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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If you ignore The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (from the global bestseller by the late Stieg Larsson) because it's in Swedish with English subtitles, you probably deserve the remake Hollywood will surely screw up.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 18, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A densely plotted 2 1/2-hour saga, with enough mutilation, serial homicide, S&M rough stuff, cold-blooded violence and frank nudity to spice up the saggy bits.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Told with a jolting, lurid energy, The Runaways feels oddly off-balance.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 18, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is rife with nightmarishly violent and horrific behavior. It's intense, graphic, frightening. And, yes, exhilarating.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 18, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's easy to forget how dissatisfying so much Hollywood trash is until you see a good imported version.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

March 18, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a compelling thriller to begin with, but it adds the rare quality of having a heroine more fascinating than the story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

March 18, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The cluttered narrative leaves little room for character development, though director Niels Arden Oplev does manage to accommodate plenty of gratuitous torture and rape.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 17, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The film makes excellent use of the cold Scandinavian landscape to emphasize the story's gloomy loneliness. And Rapace and 
 Nyqvist have compelling chemistry.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

March 17, 2010
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Every so often, you get the gift of watching an under-the-radar actor bloom into a critical-mass phenomenon before your bloodshot eyes...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2010
John Patterson
Village Voice
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Catch it before the inevitable U.S. remake.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 16, 2010
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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For fans of Larsson's books this could be the highlight of the cinemagoing year - for the rest of us it's a solid, enjoyable but emotionally unengaging detective story.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

March 15, 2010
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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A dark vitality fuels this cold case in the cold north of Sweden.

March 9, 2010
Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
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Gives a relatively faithful idea of the novel's ingenious construction but only glimpses of its scathing portrait of Sweden as a corrupt, bankrupt and misogynistic society.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 4, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It unfolds not with the breakneck velocity of a typical movie of this sort, but with the gradual, unforced, character-based focus of a novel.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 27, 2009
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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This action/art-house hybrid miraculously manages to be faithful to Larsson's novel without seeming slavish.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

February 27, 2009
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