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Reel Deal: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The critical round up of the newest releases for your one-stop viewing pleasure

Published on December 22nd 2011.


Reel Deal: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Average rating:

Here's what the critics are saying:

3/5 stars
By Jonathan Romney for Independent.co.uk

“Audacious! Dynamic! Inspired! David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is all of these – if only for its first three minutes.”

 

4/5 stars
By Xan Brooks for Gurdian.co.uk

“David Fincher turns the film noir white with this steely, stealthy adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Taking the thriller genre's staple ingredients of murder, sexual sadism and familial corruption, he casts them into the cold, throwing the action across a remote private island, where big pale houses sit against a big pale sky. Outside the snow is flying and the river has frozen. Inside, behind closed doors, it's positively arctic.”

 

3/5 stars
By Robbie Collin for Telegraph.co.uk

“David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s pulp thriller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo marks an odd milestone in his directorial career: it’s the first of his films that feels beneath him. For once, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's flair for marshalling large casts of characters and mapping out complex storylines works against him: without any surface confusion, the essential flimsiness of Larsson’s million-selling whodunit is all too visible.”

 

5/5 stars
By Mathew Turner for ViewLondon.co.uk

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a hugely enjoyable detective thriller of the sort that Hollywood just doesn't seem to be able to make anymore. As such it's unmissable and one of the best films of the year. Highly recommended.”

 

3/5 stars
By Tom Huddleston for TimeOut.com

“At heart this is a traditional thriller, down to a series of convenient and underwhelming last-act revelations. For fans of Larsson’s books this could be the highlight of the cinemagoing year – for the rest of us it’s a solid, enjoyable but emotionally unengaging detective story.”

 

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5/5 stars
By Ben Rawson-Jones for DigitalSpy.co.uk

“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. The wait for Fincher to make the next two movies in the Millennium Trilogy will be hard.”

 

4/5 stars
By Jamie Graham for TotalFilm.com

“Think the US version will untangle the plot and tame the violence? Then Lisbeth’s T-shirt says it all: Fuck you, you fucking fuck. Changed ending aside, Fincher’s take is as faithful as it is fearless. And Mara rocks.”

 

4/5 stars
By Eddie Harrison for List.co.uk

“Revenge thrillers don’t come with more high-powered credentials than that. While Steven Zaillian’s script sticks a little too closely to the labyrinthine plotting of the original novel, Fincher amps up the dark poetry of the visuals to create an ugly, modern fable that’s considerably more potent than the Swedish version.”

 

4/5 stars
By Mark Adams for Mirror.co.uk

“This US remake is a skilfully-made thriller, beautifully ­executed and strong on style and tense thrills.”

 

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Nicole Dalamagas

P.S. Let me know what you thought of the film (aside from the girl being hawtttt)

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I am Mr Garner, although it was more like My Big Fat Greek Christmas than it was a Greek tragedy.…

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The crits are good; read the book, seen the Swedish movie, going to see this one this afternoon.…

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