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Based on 35 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 21 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Relentless suspense allows The Girl Who Played With Fire to hold you in a viselike grip. But it's the performances of Nyqvist and especially Rapace that keep you coming back for more. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    At its simplest, "Fire" tells of Mikael's efforts to exonerate Lisbeth. At its most baroque, it explores a vast web of sex trafficking and deep-rooted conspiracy that goes back decades and touches on Lisbeth's inflammatory background. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The villains are so extreme that they come off like sleazy caricatures. This accentuates the nuanced skill of the two lead performances, but it undercuts the overall effect of this well-constructed, if occasionally flat, pulp thriller. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The actress gets immeasurable help from the writing: Lisbeth's anger is matched by her intelligence and her physical prowess, which enables her to administer as well as absorb pain in megadoses. But none of it would register without Ms. Rapace's singular combination of eerie beauty and feral intensity. She's a movie star unlike any other. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is no-nonsense, let's-get-to-it business, and will probably be less satisfying, and less clear, to viewers unfamiliar with the source material. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Those who've read and loved the book should be satisfied, but it's reasonable to hope for more from the final entry. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Noir never has been this dark. show more

  • 65
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Suspenseful in a few places and absurd in plenty of others; if she were a real person, Lisbeth Salander herself would have no patience with it. show more

  • 80
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Like most second parts of trilogies, this movie is more or less all middle. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Girl Who Played With Fire is very good, but a step down from "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," if only because that film and its casting were so fresh and unexpected. show more

  • November 16, 2010 dsmitdanielsmith
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    add my aol please download

  • November 03, 2010 barbarakaykay
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    The Who Played with is a good and a heavy Title . This one is very dangerous and a romantic .

  • September 30, 2010 robertthevault
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    I love Fincher, but why meddle with near perfection?

  • August 23, 2010 EJSBTB
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    Terrific movie wtih great acting and a plot that keeps you at the edge of your seat - can't wait to see the next movie in the trilogy.

  • August 21, 2010 pattaylor5
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    Finally movies that live up to the books. Both of these films are a must see. I cannot see Hollywood improving on perfection. Kudos to Swedish film makers.

  • August 16, 2010 perfectick
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    thought i would be disapponted because tattoo was so well done. not the case however. dumb mistakes by lisbet was a flaw in the film. other than that and the guy follwing in the car a going unnoticed (not possible) it was a great follow-up to tattoo.

  • August 15, 2010 Dalmeny6
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    Saw Tattoo yesterday. Fantastic story. So sick of US movie's where it the same old actors.. This movie was gripping and the sub-titles were unnoticed after the story and character's took hold.

  • August 12, 2010 Wearstrategies
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    chilling thriller. great casting. erotic.

  • August 06, 2010 padoma3
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  • July 31, 2010 drarthurwells
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    The "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is the first, and "The girl Who Played With Fire" is the second, in the series. Dragon Tattoo is superb in all ways. Dragon is essentially a murder mystery while Plays is a mystery-action movie, Dragon has a slight slower pace, to emphasis the mystery, than Played (where its faster pace emphasizes the action). Both movies are 5 star (in the top 20% of movies) but Dragon is slightly better in my opinion and is in the top 10% of movies that Plays just misses being in. People that don't speak Swedish and who do not like sub-titles may not like this aspect of both movies, I can't wait for the next in the series. These are "must see" movies for those who speak Swedish or who don't mind sub-titles.


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