A disgraced journalist (Michael Nyqvist) and a computer hacker (Noomi Rapace) unravel a horrific family history when they investigate the case of a woman who disappeared 40 years ago.
" 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. "
" A finely plotted, stylishly photographed and brilliantly acted whodunit that clocks in at 2 1/2 hours but never seems long. "
" Noomi Rapace more or less looks the part that the filmmakers don't let her fully play. "
" The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo grapples with far more than "whodunit." And it does a handy job of answering that question, too. "
" The mismatched leads make a compelling pair, and director Niels Arden Oplev keeps the action relatively tight. "
" There's nothing calming about director Niels Arden Oplev's style, which is fast and furious and smartly mirrors content. "
" It's the tender rapport that develops between Lisbeth and the older Blomqvist that sustains our interest in this violent, overlong film. "
" An engrossing and classically suspenseful story "
" There's a lot to revel in, be provoked by and obsess over. "
" 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. "
" You don't mess with Lisbeth Salander. And you'd do well not to miss her, either. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a handsome thriller, anchored by an arresting performance in the title role by Noomi Rapace. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A bracing survey course on the mystery genre set in a Scandinavian landscape as cold as a killer's kiss. "
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