The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)



Critic Consensus: Its graphic violence and sprawling length will prove too much for some viewers to take, but Noomi Rapace's gripping performance makes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo an unforgettable viewing experience.

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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.

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Michael Nyqvist
as Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace
as Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre
as Erika Berger
Sven-Bertil Taube
as Henrik Vanger
Peter Haber
as Martin Vanger
Peter Andersson
as Nils Bjurman
Marika Lagercrantz
as Cecilia Vanger
Ingvar Hirdwall
as Dirch Frode
Björn Granath
as Gustav Morell
Ewa Fröling
as Harriet Vanger
Michalis Koutsogiannakis
as Dragan Armanskij
Annika Hallin
as Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp
as Malin Eriksson
David Dencik
as Janne Dahlman
Stefan Sauk
as Hans-Erik Wennerström
Gösta Bredefeldt
as Harald Vanger
Fredrik Ohlsson
as Gunnar Brannlund
Jacob Ericksson
as Christer Malm
Gunnel Lindblom
as Isabella Vanger
Reuben Sallmander
as Enrico Giannini
Yasmine Garbi
as Mimmi Wu
Margareta Stone
as Birgit Falk
Georgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Nina Norén
as Agneta Salander
Gyorgi Staykov
as Alexander Zalachenko
Emil Almén
as Polis i Dalarna
Louise Ryme
as Receptionist
Mikael Rahm
as Bildredaktör
Willie Andréason
as Birger Vanger
Jan Mybrand
as Ekonomichef
Lennart R. Svensson
as Polisman i skogen
Kalled Mustonen
as Huliganer
Henrik Knutsson
as Huliganer
Barbro Enberg
as Äldre dam
Ola Wallinder
as Miltontekniker
Alexandra Pascalidou
as Kvinnlig TV Reporter
Siewert Öholm
as Programledare
Tehilla Blad
as Ung Lisbeth
Laura Lind
as Jennie Giannini
Isabella Isacson
as Monica Giannini
Richard Franc
as Gottfried Vanger
Alexandra Hummingson
as Murder Victim
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Critic Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

All Critics (191) | Top Critics (58)

The film is certainly faithful to every detail of the novel's intricate plot, which is fair enough, but does give it the feel of a plodding TV whodunit rather than a cinematic experience.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

An engrossing and classically suspenseful story

July 9, 2010 | Full Review…

Revel[s] in its seedier aspects ... while appropriating every aesthetic trope from the modern Hollywood thriller handbook.

June 30, 2010 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a handsome thriller, anchored by an arresting performance in the title role by Noomi Rapace.

June 25, 2010 | Full Review…

A chilling detective tale, a horrific sexual abuse drama and an overlong, emotional, tie-up-every-loose-end melodrama that is sure to be half an hour shorter when Hollywood remakes it without Swedish dialogue and probably without the cool Swedish edge.

May 5, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4

Rapace's haunting, enigmatic Lisbeth is the element that leaves you eager for the next two installments. She's fantastic, and so is the movie.

April 22, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The highest-grossing European production in 2009, this intense Swedish thriller is both an interesting investigation drama and a terrifying sexual abuse story - and Naoomi Rapace's magnetic performance makes it certainly worth seeing.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Good but not as intense and captivating as the American version.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


This is an excellent movie. Good acting, great plot, suspenseful, and entertaining. Noomi Rapace is perfect in the role of a troubled, but extremely intelligent, hacker. Some violence and not for the kiddies, but well worth watching.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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