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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's certainly worth seeing if you missed the original. If you saw it, however, there's no way of unseeing it, and nothing in the new one to top it."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"David Fincher's adaptation of the international best-seller is a triumph of craftsmanship over material."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Steve Zaillian's script trims some the novel's fat, keeping the film a lean, mean and frightening beast."
‑ Justin Craig,
"David Fincher's Hollywood take on the Stieg Larsson bestseller is a sleek yet somehow soulless adaptation."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"If you haven't seen the original Swedish film (which is highly recommended), this new version is good enough to recommend as a fair telling of the story with some really good performances and direction."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Fincher's Dragon Tattoo is a faithful adaptation that brings the dazzle but shortchanges on the daring... It's gloriously rendered but too impersonal to leave a mark."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An altogether leaner, meaner, more high-powered, stylish, and deftly directed affair, though similarly hampered by a too-long narrative fuse."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Whilst Fincher doesn't exactly blow the original out of the water, he does add enough to make the project feel less like an unnecessary retread than it otherwise may have."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"A compelling ride for die-hard fans of the book series, dramatic thriller enthusiasts, as well as anyone who enjoys Fincher's darker works."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo manages to build on the original film without copying it, reinventing it or ignoring it."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"What he has delivered is adequate, but it doesn't have any flavor - and of all the things Fincher is, "bland" is not usually one of them."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Even Fincher's elegantly gruesome style can't turn this Swedish noir into the meditation on evil and corruption that it fancies itself to be."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Fincher takes repeated stabs at creating depth but seldom draws blood in attempting to flesh out characters that just aren't that interesting."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"While this film is a brilliant, dispassionate rival to the also-brilliant Swedish original, the films that could really use the Fincher treatment are the two sequels."
‑ Matt Looker,
"Feels surprisingly tame thanks to weakened characters and story changes that rob the mystery of much-needed suspense."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
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