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Created Dec 19, 2010 12:11PM PST • Updated Jan 21, 2012 03:19AM PST

OK, so the Swedes are done with theirs. Now we have David Fincher’s Hollywood version, with Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Robin Wright as Erika Berger. The Swedes win.

BTW, the rank ordering of the original series below is based on quality. It just happens to mimic the release order.

Fincher talks Dragon Tattoo

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1st The Girl with th...
2010 Great 66 Points
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Hollywood must be licking its chops to remake this Swedish hit. Chockablock with career-making roles, combining fashionable anti-capitalist politics with feminist blood-lust, and striking a crisply efficient thriller tone, it suffers only from a poor title, not that that matters given how huge the book was.

GDT works as a revenge thriller a la Taken, where heinous acts by bad men redound in spectacular acts of turnabout. It also works as a classic whodunit, with an amateur sleuth compelled to solve a 40 year old murder amongst a wea…

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Added Dec 19, 2010 12:11PM PST • Updated Dec 19, 2010 12:12PM PST
2nd The Girl Who Pla...
2010 Very Good 66 Points
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Noomi Rapace returns as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in this second movie of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy novels. A feminist Jason Bourne, her Lisbeth Salander operates with deadly derring do on-the-net, off-the-grid and in the grills of rapists. Wow. Even a red blooded dude like me can cheer this kind of smart cinematic action. You go grrrl.

Released here in the States just a few months after the first installment, The Girl Who Played with Fire niftily fills in the blanks about Lisbeth Salande…

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Added Dec 19, 2010 12:12PM PST • Updated Dec 27, 2011 09:10AM PST
3rd The Girl Who Kic...
2010 OK 66 Points
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The Lisbeth Salander trilogy ends with a thud in Hornet’s Nest. Not a bang or a blaze: those would require more than a stately pace and less dependence on revealed secrets. Slower than the second, which was less kinetic than the first, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest serves only to close the book on the ultimate Lefty persecution fantasy. While loyal fans won’t be too disappointed, the uninitiated should steer clear.

Every last dark secret gets revealed, diminishing the shock effect of the major secrets revealed in the first two (Dragon Tattoo

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Added Dec 19, 2010 12:11PM PST • Updated Dec 27, 2011 09:10AM PST
4th The Girl with th...
2011 Very Good 94 Points
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American remakes of foreign movies work best when they’re moved to America. Otherwise they can seem phony, which is the case with David Fincher’s remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Fake Swedish accents are one hurdle. A kitschy feel is another. A merely OK Lizbeth Salander doesn’t help.

The result is a merely good movie, one that feels unnecessary given the Swedish original.

Not lost in translation is the utter perversity of the story, which combines fashionable anti-capitalist politics with fe…

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Added Dec 27, 2011 08:51AM PST • Updated Dec 27, 2011 09:08AM PST

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