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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and rebellious computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) team up to investigate the unsolved disappearance of wealthy Henrik Vanger's (Sven-Bertil Taube) teen niece (Ewa Fröling), only to uncover dark secrets about Vanger's powerful family. Niels Arden Oplev directs this Swedish thriller based on the first novel from Stieg Larsson's best-selling trilogy.
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An engrossing and classically suspenseful story
Jen Chaney, Washington Post  full review
 
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a handsome thriller, anchored by an arresting performance in the title role by Noomi Rapace.
 
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.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel  full review
 
A bracing survey course on the mystery genre set in a Scandinavian landscape as cold as a killer's kiss.
Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail  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.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
 
You don't mess with Lisbeth Salander. And you'd do well not to miss her, either.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
The mismatched leads make a compelling pair, and director Niels Arden Oplev keeps the action relatively tight.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
 
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo grapples with far more than "whodunit." And it does a handy job of answering that question, too.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
 
There's a lot to revel in, be provoked by and obsess over.
Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News  full review
 
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.
A.O. Scott, At the Movies  full review
 
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.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
 
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.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker  full review
 
Noomi Rapace more or less looks the part that the filmmakers don't let her fully play.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
 
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.
 
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.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
A finely plotted, stylishly photographed and brilliantly acted whodunit that clocks in at 2 1/2 hours but never seems long.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
 
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.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
 
There's nothing calming about director Niels Arden Oplev's style, which is fast and furious and smartly mirrors content.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
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