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The Girl in the Spider's Web

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United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden
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2018

Rated R · 1h 57m

Director Fede Alvarez
Starring Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks

Genre Action, Crime, Thriller

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In Stockholm, Sweden, hacker Lisbeth Salander is hired by Frans Balder, a computer engineer, to retrieve a program that he believes it is too dangerous to exist.

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The Guardian by Benjamin Lee

It’s watchable enough but let down by a strange lack of interest in presenting Salander as anything but an engine to propel a plot. More female action heroes is by no means a bad thing but forcing Salander into Bond’s shoes feels like a misstep, her intellect and survivalism suited to far more interesting pursuits.
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Variety by Jay Weissberg

It was probably inevitable that Hollywood would neuter the best elements of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” franchise, but did the producers really need to shift it into a commonplace cross between a superhero flick and James Bond?
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IGN by Jim Vejvoda

The Girl in the Spider’s Web has essentially refashioned Lisbeth Salander into a superhero.
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IndieWire by Kate Erbland

Lisbeth is never going to be cuddly or sunny, but that doesn’t mean she has to be robotic or impossible to read. That’s something that Foy and Alvarez clearly understand, and the result is a heroine not only worth cheering for, but one worth loving and even understanding.
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Film Journal International by Stephen Whitty

Foy and Alvarez have still spun the old and new elements together in an effective web. If this is a trap, it’s one you won’t hurry to escape from—or even fear being caught in again.
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Screen International by Tim Grierson

Lacking the freshness of the original trilogy or the meticulous, insidious tone of Fincher’s film, Spider’s Web mostly feels like a holding action to ensure that more sequels can be made in the future. That timidity flies in the face of this series’ inherent edginess.
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TheWrap by William Bibbiani

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is such an absorbing airplane novel of a movie that you half expect to walk out of the theater and into O’Hare International. Your flight was on time, and the turbulence was totally badass.

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