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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Review

Movies.com Critics

4.0

Dave White Profile

Extremely cold case. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    76

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The result is a character-driven mystery of considerable emotional power, often harrowing and always compelling.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Its stylish and gritty authenticity is superbly suited to this murder mystery.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The film makes excellent use of the cold Scandinavian landscape to emphasize the story's gloomy loneliness. And Rapace and ? Nyqvist have compelling chemistry.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Graphic sexual violence in thrilling, subtitled crime drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this subtitled Swedish film is definitely not for kids. With graphic sexual violence, gruesome murders, torture, and pervasive coarse and sexual language, even adults might be disturbed by what they see. Expect multiple images of mutilated dead young women and numerous instances of  female nudity (including breasts), as well as partial male nudity in graphic tortuous poses. The female heroine smokes continuously. Still,k despite the intense content, the movie's message of good triumphing over evil ultimately provides some relief.

  • Families can talk about why filmmakers felt it necessary to be so explicit in their depictions of the crimes against Lisbeth Salander? Did it heighten your appreciation and respect for the character?
  • Sometimes there's a fine line between a horror film and a thriller. Did this movie cross that line? If it was enjoyable for you, what emotions did it evoke?
  • Lisbeth Sis a unique character. What is an anti-hero?  What other unlikely heroes or heroines do you remember from films you've seen?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Despite the intense violence perpetrated by people in power, the movie's overall message is that victims of outrageous crimes and abuse can find dignity and self-respect by developing their skills and reaching inward for courage and strength.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: An offbeat heroine demonstrates that appearances can be deceiving: She's pierced, tattooed, anti-social, and she smokes constantly, but Lisbeth also proves to be highly intelligent, creative, and skillful. She's willing to risk her life for her beliefs, as well as for the safety of those about whom she cares deeply. On the other hand, women are seen as victims as well as heroes.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Several sequences graphically depict sexual assault, forced oral sex, torture, beatings, and bloody attacks. Numerous gruesome photographs of mutilated female bodies appear throughout. Characters are strangled, hung, whipped with electrical cords, drowned, and burned.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Consensual sex and explicit sexual activity with partial nudity, both male and female (breasts). Graphic sexual dialogue.

  • language false4

    Language: English subtitles in translation from the Swedish include multiple use of  "f--k," "motherf--ker," "bitch," "s--t," "goddamn," "whore," "c--t," "blow job," "damn," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Apple computers, Google, Castrol, KIA.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The lead character, a young woman, smokes cigarettes non-stop. There's also some moderate social drinking in a number of scenes.

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