The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is that rare hard-R rated studio film that expertly weaves story and character development into the lascivious subject matter.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
[Fincher] has made The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo into an electrifying movie by turning the audience into addicts of the forbidden, looking for the sick and twisted things we can't see.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Fincher's impressive skill is evident, even as his ambitions seem to be checked by the limitations of the source material and the imperatives of commercial entertainment.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Fincher's electrifying storytelling makes the most of unsettling visuals, large casts, complex plots and sharp dialogue.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Mara's bristling, unbridled performance gives the film the ballast it needs to pull off that curious, undeniably engrossing, balancing act.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
I don't think I've seen an actor do more with deadpan expressions than Mara does in this movie. Her face doesn't move but, whether she's tasing a man or standing in front of a mirror watching a cigarette dangle from her mouth, we respond to her.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
An altogether leaner, meaner, more high-powered, stylish, and deftly directed affair, though similarly hampered by a too-long narrative fuse.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Fincher's film, with its chilly esthetics, would seem as calculated as a Michael Crichton thriller of the '90s. But Mara keeps us entranced even when we want to look away.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
It's certainly worth seeing if you missed the original. If you saw it, however, there's no way of unseeing it, and nothing in the new one to top it.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Projects and directors are rarely better matched than The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and David Fincher.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Mara's Lisbeth can be brashly young and impossibly smart. It's a performance that should well serve the upcoming sequels.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
[Fincher] never abandons his meticulousness -- it's what allows him to position you in the exact right spot to deliver the blow.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
This is a bleak but mesmerizing piece of filmmaking; it offers a glancing, chilled view of a world in which brief moments of loyalty flicker between repeated acts of betrayal.
David Denby - New Yorker
This is never the kind of movie where they're going to fall in love. That she even smiles is a breakthrough.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
"Dragon Tattoo" knows precisely how to achieve its look, rhythm, sound and spirit. It's extremely well made by a genuine and reliable talent. But I thought he was done with this sort of thing.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
David Fincher's adaptation of the international best-seller is a triumph of craftsmanship over material.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
On to The Girl Who Played With Fire, please!
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Fincher pushes the tale of serial killing to the blackest depths of noir depravity.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
This Dragon flies, but it never really breathes fire.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Mara's performance has a ferocity that will linger in your mind long after the two or three endings have faded.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The great screenwriter Steven Zaillian's elaborate, convoluted script, so muddled that even after it's over you still don't know what it's all about, is a drawback -- but the movie is a master class in sinister style, tense and deeply uncomfortable.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
David Fincher's much-anticipated return to serial-killer territory is a fastidiously grim pulp entertainment that plays like a first-class train ride through progressively bleaker circles of hell.
Justin Chang - Variety
Once the hype dies, this movie will be best enjoyed as a drinking game. Down a shot of Absolut every time Craig whips his glasses on or off and you'll be blitzed by the halfway point.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
In the incendiary performance by Rooney Mara, one of the year's best, you have all the incentive you need to drag out the Dragon Tattoo gun yet again.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
What he has delivered is adequate, but it doesn't have any flavor - and of all the things Fincher is, "bland" is not usually one of them.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Not too surprisingly, Fincher doesn't bring his auteur A-game here, though his crafty B-game is better than most.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
This is an ingenious and engrossing work of pop cinema. That said, when it was over I felt a wave of ennui wash over me upon reflecting that we've got two more of these to go.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Even Fincher's elegantly gruesome style can't turn this Swedish noir into the meditation on evil and corruption that it fancies itself to be.
Dana Stevens - Slate
This is what a movie adaptation should be: a film whose base narrative has its roots in the source material but whose soul can be identified through the images that unfold on screen.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Fine American version of the literary sensation delivers everything except that something extra.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Craig is an anchor of cool rationality and judiciousness around which Mara revolves like a demon.
David Germain - Associated Press
Seeing Fincher's version is like getting a Christmas gift of a book you already have.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Fincher's Dragon Tattoo is a faithful adaptation that brings the dazzle but shortchanges on the daring... It's gloriously rendered but too impersonal to leave a mark.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Crisp, stylish and well-acted English-language adaptation. Rooney Mara rocks this role.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
This film's cold, almost robotic conception of Salander as a twitchy, anorexic waif feels more like a stunt than a complete character, and so the best part of the reason we care enough to endure all that mayhem has gone away.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Steve Zaillian's script trims some the novel's fat, keeping the film a lean, mean and frightening beast.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
Whilst Fincher doesn't exactly blow the original out of the water, he does add enough to make the project feel less like an unnecessary retread than it otherwise may have.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
Fincher takes repeated stabs at creating depth but seldom draws blood in attempting to flesh out characters that just aren't that interesting.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
David Fincher's Hollywood take on the Stieg Larsson bestseller is a sleek yet somehow soulless adaptation.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
A compelling ride for die-hard fans of the book series, dramatic thriller enthusiasts, as well as anyone who enjoys Fincher's darker works.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
While this film is a brilliant, dispassionate rival to the also-brilliant Swedish original, the films that could really use the Fincher treatment are the two sequels.
Matt Looker - TheShiznit.co.uk
If you haven't seen the original Swedish film (which is highly recommended), this new version is good enough to recommend as a fair telling of the story with some really good performances and direction.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo manages to build on the original film without copying it, reinventing it or ignoring it.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
Feels surprisingly tame thanks to weakened characters and story changes that rob the mystery of much-needed suspense.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo can't quite transcend its junk foundation or...the familiar beats of the other adaptation.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
I regret is that I'd seen the 2009 original and was familiar with the story because it took the punch out of the major plot points/twists.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
A very moody, well made retelling of Stieg Larsson's book, but the film also lacks much purpose and sometimes focuses on the grim with an exploitative eye.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Best picture? Best director? It's certainly better than some of the nominated films. But Fincher & Co. lose points every time this movie is nothing more than a slightly -- just ever so slightly -- inferior version of the Swedish films.
It's ultimately David Fincher's perfectionist talent for creating a gripping aesthetic that raises this film above your average James Patterson adaptation.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Was it really worth the effort? For all Fincher's famously fanatical control, he can't dispel the stench of half-baked cheese that hangs over the source material.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
I may be one of the few who prefers the original Swedish TV version, but Fincher does a nice job of staying faithful to the Larsson novel and infusing it with his own sense of style.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
If you enjoy a good mystery that's as grimy as a stomped on cigarette on the pavement then this film will have you hooked. Fans of the books should be pleased.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
It's an effective, if unfathomable, entry in the Fincher canon.
Matt Glasby - Flicks.co.nz
Para quien no haya visto la adaptacion sueca de 2009, La chica del dragon tatuado va a resultar una pelicula mucho mas interesante que para el resto.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Como todas as obras de Fincher que se calcam na razao, e uma producao envolvente, inteligente e intrigante.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
After watching both the laborious 2009 Swedish version, and now Fincher's [serviceable] English language remake, I am beginning to suspect that Larsson's book just isn't very good.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" will leave its mark on you. Dark, brutal and intriguing, this version is as troubling and memorable as its Swedish counterpart. Its disturbing tone begins in the opening credits and continues to the last frame.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
David Fincher never lets his movie devolve into a petty revenge fantasy. The filmmaker clearly got the novel and, consequently, gets the most out of the novel. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is just what the fans were demanding.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Perhaps the best match-up to the acrid yet compelling talents of Fincher since 2007's Zodiac or maybe even his breakthrough feature, 1995's Seven.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
Satisfyingly complex and captivating, the film holds our attention for the entire 158 minutes of running time
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
This stylish film soars; it's a remake worth seeing
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
It isn't quite identical to the original Swedish language movie (Man som hatar kvinnor) starring Noomi Rapace, but it is very close to an exact copy.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
You get the sense Blomkvist and Salander might march with Occupy Sweden protesters; in its way The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is another movie about the 99 percent.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
What Fincher brings to the table is a particular talent for atmospheric, highly stylized mystery. What he can't really fix is the fact that the source material is, structurally, a mess.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
This is still a slick, gripping thriller and Fincher's stylish fingerprints can be seen all the way through.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Fincher takes time to build the mystery slowly, showing the numbing amounts of research as well as details like freezing-cold cabins and bad vending machine coffee.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Fincher's film is dark and twisted, bleak and brutal: everything the book's fans would want.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
This is a finely honed genre thriller, but it also continues Fincher's preoccupation with the persistence of age-old urges in the modern world.
Anton Bitel - Sight and Sound
I liked it a lot.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Fincher has delivered a visually striking, well-acted, at times stomach-churning thriller, but I still can't help but wish that he had taken a curve ball and continued exploring new territory rather than taking a big swing at an easy toss
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
...an entertaining yet somewhat disappointing effort from Fincher.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
As he proved last year, David Fincher can make the inherently uncinematic into thrilling cinema. Fincher is the right director to make a movie where two people rifle through endless amounts of paperwork and old photos suspenseful.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
A waste of a great director's time.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
It is extraordinarily bleak. I mean, it's not Requiem for a Dream bleak, but it's on up there.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
No one could fail to enjoy this movie, but it's the product of an art and an industry that went in different directions with the coming of sound, and popular English-speaking audiences never became accustomed to reading subtitles.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
There's nothing wrong with David Fincher's remake. Was it strictly necessary? That's debatable.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Fincher's chilly, precision filmmaking knows how to tease, while still looking head-on into the abyss.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A tense, unsettling plunge into a dark, toxic world where the bleak Scandinavian setting isn't the only thing cold, cruel and unforgiving.
Neil Pond - American Profile
Shockingly sexual, brilliantly acted, and overall strangely appealing
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A very impressive bit of storytelling and style that only steps wrongly in its final third.
Stephen Silver - Patch
Everything else we're meant to care about is an afterthought compared to the sketch of a relationship at the fringe of the film which somehow benefits from not being at the center.
Michael Nordine - Reverse Shot
Mara's performance stands on its own and likely gives birth to a new star.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
For Fincher purists, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is lumpier in plot fluidity than his other, sleeker work, but his call sign is still very much present ...
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
The logic of a Hollywood adaptation, for the benefit of a largely untapped domestic market, is clear, not least for the film's corporate sponsors: step forward McDonalds and Apple; two brave companies who've tethered their brands to incest and murder.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
The bottom line is that if you were too lazy to read the subtitles in the original, you won't miss Blomqvist's lack of Swedish intellect this time.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Vengeance is the ace card in this rough game of acquiring justice in a cloaked system with degenerates at every turn. And, it's a heavyweight component of the Trilogy's impact no matter the medium used for its telling.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Handles the material competently, but not exceptionally.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
A hypnotic cocktail of haunting visuals, strong performances and mesmerizing score. Take the best bits of this captivating new work and cut them into the negligible flaws of the original film and you'd have a perfect story.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Ho, Ho, Anal Rape? Wha?? A boring, bland, exploitative movie with TWO graphic anal rape scenes? This is exactly what I want to see on Christmas weekend!
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
The remake everyone's been talking about doesn't disappoint.
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
The ultimate poseur movie... [A cinematic] temporary tattoo, a way of feeling underground without ever committing to anything real.
Entertaining if blatantly sexual and sado-masochistic, inducing thrills and chills.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The 2009 Swedish version is a fine film, but this one is nevertheless an improvement, right from the dazzling opening credits (perhaps the best I've seen this year) to an epilogue that's unexpectedly poignant.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Fincher's Twilight-like Hollywood heroine is shy and moody. Not the venal, alternate lifestyle lesbian-punk hacker from the beloved book. Anybody else think Mara's sex scenes with Craig were done by a body double?
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
[H]ow else are you going to tap into that lucrative market consisting of folks who read the books but are too lazy to read subtitles?
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Unable to make sense of Larsson's already confused source material, Fincher's film soon lapses into hypocrisy.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
... grim but striking ... Still, Fincher's remake is not up to the Swedish adaptation, which was creepier and more exhilarating, especially as the Old School/New School investigatory methods kicked in.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
The grubby, borderline-exploitative subject matter seems like it rather deserves the slick, tacky treatment it already got in 2009, and not Fincher's pop-opera approach.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The movie feels like a cartoon, brilliantly achieved but utterly shallow.
Sam Adams - Philadelphia City Paper
Charismatically played by Rooney Mara in David Fincher's coolly executed, moody rendition of Stieg Larsson's book, this tattooed girl really does kick a hornet's nest.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
While it isn't clear if another version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is necessary, Fincher couldn't make it boring with all this lurid material... But in any language with anyone at the helm, Lisbeth is still a killer.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Fortunately the book is virtually foolproof if you leave it to speak for itself, as [Fincher] has done, thereby delivering a decent movie.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Fincher's version oozes style, delivering an eye catching cinematic experience, while editing of the action is snappy.
- Liverpool Echo
If you're about to enter the world of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for the first time, this is a terrific place to start.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Can't think of too many times a Hollywood version is so much superior to a European original.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Just as I couldn't stop turning the pages of Larsson's novel, I couldn't take my eyes off Fincher's movie.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Fincher's Girl (has) a far more bracing and brutal bite.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
The master of the thriller genre, Alfred Hitchcock, knew that even the nastiest stories need light as well as shade. Fincher's too busy darkening his garish source material to care.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Fincher has succeeded admirably. His Girl With the Dragon Tattoo improves on both the book and the first movie.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Fincher's Dragon Tattoo rockets through the freezing northern European landscape like the most powerful car on the market.
Fincher delivers a seedily compulsive glimpse into a cold, brutal universe seething with twisted passions, even if the story is little more than a slick, sick potboiler.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
We know what will happen and it's still riveting.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
I've read the books and seen the better Swedish version and still found this interesting and tense, despite the fact that the sex and violence are considerably toned down from the original.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Reminds us why murder mysteries and investigative procedurals -- useful parables about the certainty of death that have pretty much migrated to television -- can be especially compelling in a darkened theater.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Elegantly, confidently made, though it's so similar to the Swedish movie it does seem kind of beside the point.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
An astonishing blend of dark allure and damaged brilliance, Mara is compulsively watchable as Lisbeth Salander, while Craig effectively embodies quiet integrity as the humiliated reporter fleeing the limelight while sharpening his investigatory skills.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
What transfixes here isn't the labyrinthine plotting -- we're almost overly familiar with that by now -- but Mara's Lisbeth, surely one of the most incendiary antiheroines in all of cinema
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Rooney Mara isn't quite as in-your-face as Noomi Rapace was playing Lisbeth in the Swedish films, yet she is both tough and sensitive...
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
It's a rough haul at times, but expertly executed and entirely worthy of the anticipation leading up to its release.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
One of the most brutal and engrossing films of 2011
Daniel Hubschman - Hollywood.com
(Director David) Fincher and (screenwriter Steven) Zaillian have visualized a cold, dreary and ugly Sweden that draws you in against your better instincts
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Those fortunate enough to be making Salander's acquaintance for the first time will want to hold on.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Director David Fincher has crafted a disturbing dazzler of a thriller, embellished by sharp acting.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Rooney's Lisbeth takes matters large and small into her own hands with a ferocious self-sufficiency that leaves the audience gasping with both horror and a provocative delight not entirely undiluted with envy. Likable, no, but impossible to easily dismiss
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Practically screams out that it wants to be cool, and succeeds most of the time.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Extremely well-made, ably acted, beautifully shot and has a plot full of hairpin turns and twists. It is an entirely engaging and occasionally gripping film. It is also completely unnecessary.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a tense thriller that unfolds with all the twists and turns one could hope to have.
Mark Bell - Film Threat
While Fincher once again gets the mood and aura right, and Rooney is outstanding in her role, the plot and its related developments and revelations leaves a lot to be desired (Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Fincher is perfectly suited to the material, with its voluminous clues to be organized and parsed, its emotional austerity, and its serial murder, rape, and sundry sick plot twists.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Highly satisfying and smart thriller, which should quiet all the naysayers who might have thought this much-anticipated zeitgeist remake project wholly unnecessary.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Fans of the original will like this version, but many will ultimately see director David Fincher's film as more cookie cutter than classic.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Mara's efficient, straightforward physicality and her watchful but implacable expression are just right for the character who is about to kick the hornet's nest.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
David Fincher's English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's 2005 novel goes to great lengths to distance itself from the woeful Swedish version of the same name (itself only two years old). By doing so, he betters it in every single way.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Even though the film boasts A-list talent both in front of and behind the camera, at heart this "Dragon Tattoo" is pulp that's just as nasty and visceral - and entertaining - as its predecessors.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Larsson himself would probably have loved this classier interpretation of his rather pulpy narrative.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
Immaculate style, questionable substance.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
Suitably stylish remake from director David Fincher, which succeeds thanks to a strong script, striking photography and superb performances from Craig and Mara.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Utterly engaging, a transporting bit of cinema that immerses viewers -- uncomfortably at times -- in a riveting detective story.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Fincher maintains a steady tension throughout. He also adds his own tweaks to the twists at the end.
Alison Jones - Birmingham Post
Hollywood managed to not only not screw this one up, but actually made it one of the best movies of the year.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Location is Fincher's strongest quality, and every log cabin, train station and archival vault here feels lived-in, bone-chillingly cold and full of surprises.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Yet another faithful adaptation...
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
The problem is that even Fincher can't renew the impact of Larsson's original twists, unless you have an aversion to long books or subtitles
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
Fincher has a proven track record sifting through the dark corridors of human nature. Tattoo is welcome addition to that canon, a ripping yarn that never lags during its 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
The new "Tattoo" is buoyed by Fincher's peerless craftsmanship. Never has a director been better suited to photographing winter scenes near the Arctic Circle.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Rooney, Noomi?I love both 'Dragon Tattoo' girls.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The Swedish version was sloppier and trashier, which suited the material. If that movie was more lurid, it also packed more genuine emotion.
Mark Jenkins - NPR
A solidly crafted, creepily suspenseful thriller.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Fincher delivers a well-paced story (even at more than 2 1/2 hours), without a lot of unnecessary Hollywood flash...
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
It's stylish, if not exactly subtle, and daringly brutal for a Hollywood movie. It's also so uneven and overlong that it may leave non-fans wondering what all the fuss has been about.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
A visually impressive, well acted adaptation of the book, with significant differences in tone from the Swedish film.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
For those completely unfamiliar with the novel or the 2009 Swedish film, this dark Nordic tale of murder and mystery will knock your woolen socks right off.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
A satisfying thriller and welcome counter-programming for the Christmas season.
Ann Lewinson - Kansas City Star
Even those who know the torturous story by heart will be impressed by the intense focus, attention to detail and fidelity to the original material that director David Fincher brings this jagged little tale.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Unfortunately, Fincher doesn't add much to Niels Arden Oplev's Swedish version: more Googling and plot-compressing montages and an altered but still convoluted ending.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
This is some pretty raw stuff to gift-wrap under the Christmas tree this holiday movie season. But it is also a great story for awards season, when adults can finally see movies for adults.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
For all its meticulously crafted mood and mise en scene, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is little more than great filmmaking in service of bad art.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
The film hits a nice groove in the interplay between Craig and Mara, together and apart, and Fincher displays his usual mastery at explicating the finer points of an investigation.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
A dark thriller that mines the meanings of family skeletons, power, corruption, sex, and misogyny.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The kick in this material, especially in this new version which plays down Mikael's surliness, is Lisbeth, a pixieish polysexual outlier who seems equipped with her own portable storm cloud.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Probably the best possible movie version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
I can tell you that as a virgin to the story, this version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo completely drew me into Larsson's beautifully constructed, terrifying world.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
She's fascinating and tough ... wish the film was a bit more like her. It's a warm dragon, rather than a fiery one.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
The title sequence alone is the single coolest thing you will see at the movies all year.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Provides all the jolts and forward motion that any good airport novel gives you, but it's the film equivalent of the book that kept you awake from Chicago to Baltimore, only you don't feel bad about leaving it on the seat next to you after you land.
The Fincher version doesn't actively negate the presence of the earlier one - it doesn't have to - but its confidence and bravado are like a strong blast of sunlight with the ability to fade the memory of whatever came before.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
The American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is well-made, well-cast, tense and exciting. I just wish I hadn't seen it all before.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
When it comes down to it, this is Rooney Mara's movie, and I don't care if the second and third stories are any good as long as they are full of Lisbeth Salander.
Mark Rabinowitz - CNN.com
The stellar, English-language take on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" burrows so deeply into the heads of its characters that even when they're just thinking, it's deeply thrilling.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Dragon Tattoo offers a handsome package built on rickety foundations, hoping to pass inspection on good looks alone.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
I wanted more pizzazz and deeper, more nuanced characterizations from Fincher and co., but for those who have no context regarding pervious Larsson presentations this story-driven procedural may be well be good enough.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
While it feels churlish to complain about a genre piece that's been executed with such precise craft, I have to confess that, in both versions, I've found Dragon Tattoo's plot profoundly boring.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
The land of the midnight sun has never looked darker.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Surprisingly sanitized version of the Swedish blockbuster has little resonance in this Americanized form. Stick with with Swedish version - both book and film.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The dynamic between Craig and Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is so sensational, it instantly propels the movie beyond glossy, high-toned pulp into something far more affecting.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The Swedish version was originally made for television and seen in installments. Fincher's movie is 158 minutes and meant to be seen in one shot - and that's precisely how those 158 minutes go by, in a shot.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are fine in the leads, but when it comes to the actual plot, one does get the feeling that it didn't need to be told again. Newcomers to the story may disagree.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
A rarity in that it is an improvement over the Swedish language original, this intricately-woven, edge-of-your-seat whodunit is as graphic and grisly as it is cerebral and mind-bending.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
This film has two of Fincher's happiest trademarks: It's full of information and stretches over a remarkably long time (165 minutes), yet it's neither confusing nor overextended.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
With great pizzazz, Fincher's creative team's original style wrings suspense from the aspects that are a pastiche of other thrillers.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
There's powerful craft here, and Larsson's story has more than proven its ability to grip.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Larsson has whipped up something unique - Agatha Christie with techno Goths - yet this is unremarkable. If anything, the mixing of elements feels clumsy.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Justifies its existence by improving on Niels Arden Oplev's serviceable but unspectacular Swedish predecessor, though it can't overcome the flaws of the original book.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
This studio version is, oddly enough, far less commercial and only about a quarter as lushly mysterious as the superior overseas original.
I'm not sure I've seen a more superfluous film that Fincher's pointless second take on a story that was served supremely well onscreen so recently...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Exquisitely crafted, curiously uninvolving.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Throbs as a tale of good people wanting to right wrongs with the truth if possible, and violence if necessary.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Fincher has made a movie that is not only wholly redundant in light of the original but also one that is worse than its already problematic predecessor.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
I'm not impugning Fincher's intentions; I'm just saying that, as good as his film may be, it's redundant and unnecessary.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
An incredibly well-executed thriller that transcends its admittedly pulpy and occasionally ridiculous source material with an extraordinary degree of technical skil
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
A tough, post-punk Tintin-meets-Klute for the Occupy Wall Street set, this kinetic, hard-edged thriller is the perfect festive comedown for Fincher fans and dysfunctional families everywhere.
Damon Wise - Empire Magazine
Despite the riveting Lisbeth reinvention and Fincher's visual prowess, source material problems remain in the form of creepy sexual politics and patchwork storytelling.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
By focusing on the strongest part of the best selling novels, David Fincher and Steve Zallian have delivered a stylish, mesmerizing thriller.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
David Fincher's first-rate direction effortlessly wipes the floor with the soporific Swedish counterpart. In the end, though, even Fincher can't froth up some of the novel's more procedural killer-of-the-week fancies.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
In less experienced hands, this would surely have wound up as lurid, trashy pulp. Yet Fincher plays it straight and keeps it serious.
Ultimately it's Mara who has to pull it off and deliver Lisbeth's unique brand of cunning and power fueled by revenge. She's a knockout.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
The eagerly awaited American version (it's not really a remake) of the Swedish crime novel is Fincher's third masterpiece within a decade, reaffirming his status as the most brilliant director working in Hollywood today.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Hypnotic at times, masterfully evoking locations and blurred headspace through precise imagery -- pure silver screen math. Fincher respects the clue-gobbling tonality of the story, but he also keeps his directorial fingerprint fresh.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A mesmerizing movie that veers towards an unbearably tense climax, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo benefits from invigorating direction and superb acting that allows the old-fashioned mystery to unravel in a hugely satisfying and captivating way.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
Every decision made here, from how the novel was refined to the controversial casting of Rooney Mara to one of the best technical teams of the year was the right one.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
David Fincher's American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a powerhouse of a picture. And, in an incredible feat, Rooney Mara wrests the role away from the unforgettable Noomi Rapace in the Swedish version -- Mara and Fincher make it her own.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Turns out- Fincher was right all along. Rooney Mara is a perfect Salander. Her performance, combined with the Reznor/Ross score, makes this a perfect adaptation of Stieg Larsson's entertaining novel. A must-see.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
This is director Fincher's vision of the story. And, as Fincher has shown in films like "Se7en" and "Zodiac," that vision is often unflinching.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
...a good enough thriller with fine production values, but it's not top notch Fincher. Where it should have shrieked and howled it only occasionally rattles the windows.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Though Fincher hits all the right emotional beats and does all the memorable set pieces, his exquisite craft can't distract from a number of troubling questions at the story's core.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Subpar material gets a tonal and aesthetic - and, by extension, thematic - boost from directorial virtuosity in David Fincher's American remake.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Fans of the book and film should rest easy at how this 'Dragon Tattoo' is still inherently a Swedish tale - set and partly shot in Sweden - and Fincher doesn't flinch from the sexual violence at their core.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
You'll be happier with the film if you don't expect fidelity to source material, but that doesn't mean you'll hate it if you loved Niels Arden Oplev's movie.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Fincher fires on all cylinders to save this story from itself, exhibiting the propulsive energy of Fight Club and the storytelling mastery of Zodiac and The Social Network.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
As played by Mara, Lisbeth is the ultimate badass; a formidable force of hyperintellect and raging sexuality.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
It's easy to see why David Fincher wanted to make it, but hard to shake the feeling that perhaps he shouldn't have bothered.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
... if you love these books, then consider this a Christmas present.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Changed ending aside, Fincher's take is as faithful as it is fearless. And Mara rocks.
Jamie Graham - Total Film
Yep, that's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News
Fincher synthesizes the best of both of his two previous serial killer movies, but combines them with a maturity that shouldn't be mistaken for boredom with the material.
Todd Gilchrist - The Playlist
This darker, slicker and more humane re-telling of Swedish crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo improves upon previous adaptations, thanks to David Fincher's vast skills as a master of dark suspense.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Monstrously skillful and powerfully engrossing. This is a taut thriller that sadly overstays its welcome with an extended finale that isn't nearly as satisfying.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
[VIDEO] David Fincher can do a great re-make. Now, let's hope he never does one again.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A bracing and completely absorbing thriller.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
The most handsome funeral procession ever mounted--which is, in the end, better than feeling like you're the corpse lying inside the coffin.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Hollywood's motivation for trying to cash in on a hot title is clear. It's not so easy to divine [David] Fincher's reasons for signing on.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com