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Fincher's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo': Retrofuturism

-Joe BaltakeFull Review

Best picture? Best director? It's certainly better than some of the nominated films. But Fincher & Co. lose points every time this movie is nothing more than a slightly--just ever so slightly -- inferior version of the Swedish films.

-Roger MooreFull Review

Best picture? Best director? It's certainly better than some of the nominated films. But Fincher & Co. lose points every time this movie is nothing more than a slightly -- just ever so slightly -- inferior version of the Swedish films.

-Roger MooreFull Review

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 MorgensternFull Review

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 TraversFull Review

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. SniderFull Review

David Fincher's adaptation of the international best-seller is a triumph of craftsmanship over material.

-Ben SachsFull Review

An altogether leaner, meaner, more high-powered, stylish, and deftly directed affair, though similarly hampered by a too-long narrative fuse.

-J. HobermanFull Review

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 StevensFull Review

When it comes down to it, this is Rooney Mara's movie, and I don't care if the second and third stories are any good as long as they are full of Lisbeth Salander.

-Mark RabinowitzFull Review

This is what a movie adaptation should be: a film whose base narrative has its roots in the source material but whose soul can be identified through the images that unfold on screen.

-James BerardinelliFull Review

I don't think I've seen an actor do more with deadpan expressions than Mara does in this movie. Her face doesn't move but, whether she's tasing a man or standing in front of a mirror watching a cigarette dangle from her mouth, we respond to her.

-Wesley MorrisFull Review

Mara's Lisbeth can be brashly young and impossibly smart. It's a performance that should well serve the upcoming sequels.

-Lisa KennedyFull Review

Mara's bristling, unbridled performance gives the film the ballast it needs to pull off that curious, undeniably engrossing, balancing act.

-Ann HornadayFull Review

The Swedish version was sloppier and trashier, which suited the material. If that movie was more lurid, it also packed more genuine emotion.

-Mark JenkinsFull Review

It's stylish, if not exactly subtle, and daringly brutal for a Hollywood movie. It's also so uneven and overlong that it may leave non-fans wondering what all the fuss has been about.

-Rafer GuzmanFull Review

This Dragon flies, but it never really breathes fire.

-Tom LongFull Review

The kick in this material, especially in this new version which plays down Mikael's surliness, is Lisbeth, a pixieish polysexual outlier who seems equipped with her own portable storm cloud.

-Peter RainerFull Review

Seeing Fincher's version is like getting a Christmas gift of a book you already have.

-Richard CorlissFull Review

The dynamic between Craig and Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is so sensational, it instantly propels the movie beyond glossy, high-toned pulp into something far more affecting.

-Rene RodriguezFull Review

This is an ingenious and engrossing work of pop cinema. That said, when it was over I felt a wave of ennui wash over me upon reflecting that we've got two more of these to go.

-Andrew O'HehirFull Review

A solidly crafted, creepily suspenseful thriller.

-Stephen WhittyFull Review

Fincher's electrifying storytelling makes the most of unsettling visuals, large casts, complex plots and sharp dialogue.

-Claudia PuigFull Review

This film's cold, almost robotic conception of Salander as a twitchy, anorexic waif feels more like a stunt than a complete character, and so the best part of the reason we care enough to endure all that mayhem has gone away.

-Kenneth TuranFull Review

Once the hype dies, this movie will be best enjoyed as a drinking game. Down a shot of Absolut every time Craig whips his glasses on or off and you'll be blitzed by the halfway point.

-Kyle SmithFull Review

In the incendiary performance by Rooney Mara, one of the year's best, you have all the incentive you need to drag out the Dragon Tattoo gun yet again.

-Peter HowellFull Review

This is never the kind of movie where they're going to fall in love. That she even smiles is a breakthrough.

-Roger EbertFull Review

The Swedish version was originally made for television and seen in installments. Fincher's movie is 158 minutes and meant to be seen in one shot - and that's precisely how those 158 minutes go by, in a shot.

-Mick LaSalleFull Review

On to The Girl Who Played With Fire, please!

-Steven ReaFull Review

Fincher's film, with its chilly esthetics, would seem as calculated as a Michael Crichton thriller of the '90s. But Mara keeps us entranced even when we want to look away.

-Joe NeumaierFull Review

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