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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest(Luftslottet som sprängdes)

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Sweden, Denmark, Germany · 2009
Rated R · 2h 27m
Director Daniel Alfredson
Starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Annika Hallin
Genre Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The final installment of the Millennium Trilogy finds Lisbeth Salander fighting for her life. In an intensive care unit and charged with three murders, she will have to not only prove her innocence but also identify and denounce the same rogue government security agency that sought to destroy her. Once, she was a victim. Now she is fighting back.

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Variety by

Benefits from edge-of-your-seat pacing despite a conspicuous lack of action.


Chicago Reader by Andrea Gronvall

In place of romance there are numerous talky espionage scenes that make the movie feel like one of those labyrinthine cold war pictures from the 60s.


New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

Larsson is renowned for his attention to marginal details, which gives his prose a rambling, one-thing-after-another pace that many readers find soothing. Onscreen, the lack of acceleration makes for one of those long Scandinavian winter nights.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

An entertaining thriller. That said, it's the weakest of the films, falling a length or two behind "The Girl Who Played with Fire," and considerably more than that with respect to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

This can't be a faithful facsimile of the literary phenomenon currently turning soccer moms into Scandinoir crackheads. Nor can ethical journalist Mikael (Nyqvist), an uncoverer of conspiracies, actually be the dull, Windbreakered nonaction hero onscreen.


The Hollywood Reporter by Kirk Honeycutt

The movie features a great finish, where three movies' worth of subplots and characters dovetail into a breathtaking climax and final confrontation that is positively soul satisfying.


Village Voice by Melissa Anderson

Like the first two Millennium movies, this final installment feels thoughtlessly put together, its script unpruned and rushed through, all to capitalize on the staggering worldwide popularity of its dead author.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

Mostly an epic rehash of the tale Larsson has already told, and that makes it, at two hours and 28 minutes, the first movie in the series that never catches fire.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

So what has happened is that this uptight, ferocious, little gamin Lisbeth has won our hearts, and we care about these stories and think there had better be more.

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