The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

  • 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

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