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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo2009

  • 4.1
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO: Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her beloved uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

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"...rife with nightmarishly violent and horrific behavior. It's intense, graphic, frightening. And, yes, exhilarating." - Steven Rea, Philadelphia Enquirer


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Dear David Fincher,

Knock it off. Stop making Multiplex-friendly remakes of perfectly fine international films like "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." You and all your buddies at the DGA might think you’re doing everybody a big ol' favor, but you’re not. You may be shocked to learn this, but some of us don’t mind reading subtitles. In fact, we kinda like it! So cut it out, already. Cease and desist. Take a powder. Let the originals stay the originals.

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Dear David Fincher,

Knock it off. Stop making Multiplex-friendly remakes of perfectly fine international films like "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." You and all your buddies at the DGA might think you’re doing everybody a big ol' favor, but you’re not. You may be shocked to learn this, but some of us don’t mind reading subtitles. In fact, we kinda like it! So cut it out, already. Cease and desist. Take a powder. Let the originals stay the originals.

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I have wiped away the tears. The casting, acting, directing and editing are extraordinary. The musical score contributed considerably to the experience but you had to look for it to hear it. The ending is not one I would have chosen, yet it could not be any other way. If you wait years before watching this film, you will kick yourself for not seeing it sooner - and perhaps again. Highest recommendation, if you can handle it. I wish the American film industry had the balls to stick with the original title!

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I know this is essentially a cult classic by now, which is why I gave it a shot. But overall it suffers from lack of focus that seems like an intentional cheap shot. Within the firs half hour a political scandal, a rogue journalist, a gothic hacker, an aristocratic family with a Nazi past, a rapist parole officer, clutter the stage and leave no room for the audience to contemplate other elements than the plot. If you like a thriller for thrillers sake, sure. I guess I wasn't in the mood for that when I put this one on. Maybe I'll give it another try because I have a hard time thinking this could achieve so much popular success and be total garbage. Nonetheless, I find a show like "Wallander" with Kenny B to be a much more well rounded cinematic experience when it comes to Scandanavian crime mysteries as a genre.

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Really good summation.

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I have watched this movie more than a dozen times. There seem to be a zillion editions, some better than others. This version holds up very well. Noomi Rapace is nothing less than pure genius. Her acting captures Lizbeth's complex, profoundly guarded character so completely, one was to be reminded that Lizbeth is a fiction created and presented by others. This is one of the rare instances where the movie is as good as the book. Sure there are differences, but none of them take away the vital depth of the story or the characters. The American re-make is a travesty.

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THIS MOVIE STANDS IN ITS OWN CLASS GREAT ENOUGHTO HAVE CREATD TWO MORE FILMS SUPERBLY DIRECTED AND SO COMPLETED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER VERY ENTRTAINING AND SUPERBLY ACTED BY ALL CHARACTERS ACTORS AND ACTRESSES THRILLING TO WATCH FOR ANY VIEWER!!!!!!!!

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I don't have enough time to write the review that this film deserves. Simply stated it is the best movie I have seen in 20 years. Naomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist give the performances of their lives. Of course it doesn't hurt that this story is so amazing and so well loved, but even Hollywood's finest can't touch this Swedish production. The suspense and excitement throughout this are fabulous. Watch it, watch it again, and keep watching because it is just that captivating.

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A fine start for this trilogy with consistent acting throughout all three. A fine understated music score helps this along.Tense and rewarding but not for the squimesh!

It started off well enough, and gave me plenty of hope that its intrigue and introspection might carry through to the end. But the second half of the movie was predictable, right down to who-done-it. (I hate it when profit-oriented producers shoot their own movies in the foot.) Still, Noomi Rapace does a superb job throughout, not to mention that the sequels are better than the first...superb, in fact.

Fantastik! Engrossing. See the Trilogy.

Good enough of a mystery but at various points it dragged.

Without words.