Box art for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

action & adventure, drama, thrillers

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures' three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

3 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5

English-language remake includes extreme violence and sex.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the English-language remake of the Swedish hit from 2009, which like this film, was also based on the best-selling Stieg Larsson novel. Like the previous versions of the story, it has very strong violence, including horrifying rape scenes, torture, and highly disturbing crime scene photos. There's also a mangled dead cat, guns and shooting, blood, and fighting. Sexual content is also strong, including full-frontal female nudity, seduction, and sex scenes. Language isn't constant but is strong ("f--k" and more). Both main characters smoke cigarettes, and the male lead drinks regularly (in a social context). This is a high-profile movie from well-regarded director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network, etc.), but it's not age-appropriate for any but the most mature viewers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's extreme violence. How much of it is actually necessary to tell this type of story? Would the film have as much impact without it?
  • How does the movie portray sex? Are the consequences for the characters' decisions regarding sex realistic? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values relating to sex and relationships.
  • Are these characters compelling, despite their questionable behavior? If so, why? Are they heroes? Are they role models?
  • How does the English-language version differ from the Swedish version? Did this version need to be made?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Provides all the jolts and forward motion that any good airport novel gives you, but it's the film equivalent of the book that kept you awake from Chicago to Baltimore, only you don't feel bad about leaving it on the seat next to you after you land.

- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap, Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fresh: 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'Hehir,, Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Audience Reviews

0 star

i'm gonna go against prevailing winds here and wanna see this. none too crazy about the original film, especially the extended rape-torture scene, but noomi rapace was terrific and u couldn't help rooting for her. i'm sad to see they haven't given her a chance at this; hell, maybe she doesn't speak english (altho it seems she's set to appear in the sherlock holmes sequel.) that said, i'm still interested to see what fincher will do next. sounds like an odd choice but so did the 'facebook' movie

- rubystevens, Tuesday, December 14, 2010

0 star

NEW FINCHER!!!!!!!! AHHHHHH a year is too long too wait!!!!

- kenstachnik, Tuesday, December 14, 2010

0 star

Despite David Fincher's somewhat respectable resume, I have to boycott this BULLSHIT project on pure principles. It sickens me, and disgusts me. The 2nd most blasphemous American adaptation of an already perfect Swedish film of the decade. Soon, Hollywood wont even be writing new ideas, it will be solely stealing them from Sweden.

- HairyLyme, Sunday, October 24, 2010