Rolling Stone - 07/08/2010 3 stars out of 4 -- "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."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/09/2010
"[V]iolent, sordid pulp stewed in an atmosphere of Swedish austerity....This one doesn't just play with thriller conventions -- it puts them to work." -- Grade: B+
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/07/2010 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[It's] an advantage that the actors are not conventional star types....The film is filled with strong supporting roles."
Los Angeles Times - 07/09/2010
"[T]he franchise's secret weapon is back with brilliant young Swedish actress Noomi Rapace again channeling the alienated, unwilling to be broken tough chick that Larsson envisioned and Rapace imbues with such eerie authenticity."
Wall Street Journal - 07/09/2010
"[Rapace] continues to redefine our notions of a contemporary heroine....She's a movie star unlike any other."
Empire - 01/07/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film really grips in the climax..."
The second installment of author Stieg Larsson's best-selling "Millennium" trilogy gets translated to the big screen with this tale of a prominent magazine publisher who launches a comprehensive investigation into Swedish sex trafficking and political corruption. The publisher of "Millennium" magazine, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) has built an empire on his ability to shake up the establishment. Approached by a young journalist with evidence that high-ranking Swedish officials are involved in sex trafficking and crimes against minors, the incensed magazine publisher launches a comprehensive investigation that threatens to implicate some of the most powerful politicians in the country. Noomi Rapace and Alexandra Eisenstein co-star.