90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Noir never has been this dark.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The actress gets immeasurable help from the writing: Lisbeth's anger is matched by her intelligence and her physical prowess, which enables her to administer as well as absorb pain in megadoses. But none of it would register without Ms. Rapace's singular combination of eerie beauty and feral intensity. She's a movie star unlike any other.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
I found The Girl Who Played With Fire more gripping than "Dragon Tattoo," because this one doesn't just play with thriller conventions -- it puts them to work.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
At its simplest, "Fire" tells of Mikael's efforts to exonerate Lisbeth. At its most baroque, it explores a vast web of sex trafficking and deep-rooted conspiracy that goes back decades and touches on Lisbeth's inflammatory background.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This is no-nonsense, let's-get-to-it business, and will probably be less satisfying, and less clear, to viewers unfamiliar with the source material.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Relentless suspense allows The Girl Who Played With Fire to hold you in a viselike grip. But it's the performances of Nyqvist and especially Rapace that keep you coming back for more.
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65

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Suspenseful in a few places and absurd in plenty of others; if she were a real person, Lisbeth Salander herself would have no patience with it.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Whenever The Girl Who Played With Fire threatens to stall, Lisbeth whips out her Taser and tortures another sleazy, abusive man into vomiting forth his dirty secrets. In Sweden, I believe they call this "light entertainment.''
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The villains are so extreme that they come off like sleazy caricatures. This accentuates the nuanced skill of the two lead performances, but it undercuts the overall effect of this well-constructed, if occasionally flat, pulp thriller.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Those who've read and loved the book should be satisfied, but it's reasonable to hope for more from the final entry.
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66 out of 100
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