The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • 18
  • Niels Arden Oplev (2009)
  • Swe / Den / Ger (SUB)
  • 152 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

The film version of Stieg Larsson's bestselling mystery is a dark-hearted tale full of twists and turns that stays faithful to the book's bleak and murky atmosphere. Disgraced investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) is hired by the patriarch of a family of wealthy industrialists to solve the mystery of his niece's disappearance 40 years earlier, and uncovers a complex series of brutal slayings that may or may not involve other relatives. Blomkvist receives some unexpected help from misfit computer hacker Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace, the tattooed girl of the film's title) whose own past is equally mysterious and violent. Director Niels Arden Oplev builds the tension masterfully, the chilling subplots delivering shock after shock, while Rapace has an enigmatic presence that burns through the screen.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller based on Stieg Larsson's bestseller, starring Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace. Convicted of libel, investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist agrees to take on one last job before beginning his prison sentence. The assignment brings him into contact with troubled computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and as the pair join forces, he soon discovers she is battling demons of her own.

Cast and crew


Mikael Blomkvist
Michael Nyqvist
Lisbeth Salander
Noomi Rapace
Erika Berger
Lena Endre
Henrik Vanger
Sven-Bertil Taube
Martin Vanger
Peter Haber
Nils Bjurman
Peter Andersson
Cecilia Vanger
Marika Lagercrantz
Dirch Frode
Ingvar Hirdwall
Gustav Morell
Bjorn Granath
Harriet Vanger
Ewa Fröling


Niels Arden Oplev

Other Information

Swedish +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Mar 2010
Certificate 18