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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

2009 Mystery & Suspense

A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way as Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper Mikael and Lisbeth dig for the truth, however, the greater the risk of being buried alive by members of the family who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets tightly sealed.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev

Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Haber

Reviews

  • A compelling thriller to begin with, but it adds the rare quality of having a heroine more fascinating than the story.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    11 May 2013

  • A mind-bending and mesmerizing thriller that takes its time unlocking one mystery only to uncover another, all to chilling and immensely satisfying effect.

    Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times

    11 May 2013

  • This dynamite thriller shivers with suspense. So if you ignore The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) because it's in Swedish with English subtitles, you probably deserve the remake Hollywood will surely screw up.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    11 May 2013

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    11 May 2013

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

    Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly

    11 May 2013

Awards

  • Best Actress

    Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (2011)

     
  • Best Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske kinofilm)

    Amanda Awards, Norway (2009)

     
  • Best Film Not in the English Language

    BAFTA Awards (2011)

  • Best Foreign Language Film

    Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (2011)

  • Best Foreign Language Film

    Central Ohio Film Critics Association (2011)