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.
Netflix Rating: 3.9
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 86%
Critics' score: 86   Audience score: 85   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

An engrossing and classically suspenseful story full review

Jen Chaney, Washington Post

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a handsome thriller, anchored by an arresting performance in the title role by Noomi Rapace. 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. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

A bracing survey course on the mystery genre set in a Scandinavian landscape as cold as a killer's kiss. full review

Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail

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

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

You don't mess with Lisbeth Salander. And you'd do well not to miss her, either. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

The mismatched leads make a compelling pair, and director Niels Arden Oplev keeps the action relatively tight. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

There's a lot to revel in, be provoked by and obsess over. full review

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News

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

A.O. Scott, At the Movies

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

Claudia Puig, USA Today

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

Anthony Lane, New Yorker

Noomi Rapace more or less looks the part that the filmmakers don't let her fully play. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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

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

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

A finely plotted, stylishly photographed and brilliantly acted whodunit that clocks in at 2 1/2 hours but never seems long. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

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

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

There's nothing calming about director Niels Arden Oplev's style, which is fast and furious and smartly mirrors content. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

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

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

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

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
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