The Girl Who Played with Fire

User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 83
  2. Negative: 3 out of 83

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  1. Aug 5, 2010
    6
    Not nearly as good as the first movie, which I loved. It had none of the style, the drama, the intrigue. The fact that it has a different director is extremely apparent. Hopefully the third one will be a return to the greatness of the original.
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    5
    A major disappointment after the first installment. Slow (but not in a good way), rambling and with no real atmosphere, this plays like a mediocre (at best) miniseries lazily edited into a movie. There are trilogies with very strong middle parts (The Godfather II, Empire Strikes Back), but this is not the case here.
  3. Dec 1, 2010
    6
    Although the second installment doesn't feature as much tension and action as the first, The Girl Who Played With Fire still feature Noomi Rapace's excellent portray of Lisbeth Salander.
  4. Jul 5, 2011
    6
    It is inevitable that a sequel will be compared with its predecessor. This film is nowhere near as good as the first film. While it is still a good film the story is not as strong and is somewhat poorly developed with characters and plot lines seemingly emerging at random at some points of the film. While Rapace's performance was as good as in 'Dragon Tattoo', Nyqvist's portrayal seemedIt is inevitable that a sequel will be compared with its predecessor. This film is nowhere near as good as the first film. While it is still a good film the story is not as strong and is somewhat poorly developed with characters and plot lines seemingly emerging at random at some points of the film. While Rapace's performance was as good as in 'Dragon Tattoo', Nyqvist's portrayal seemed blunted this time around. The failure to resolve the initial storyline - the human trafficking - while perhaps something that will be left to the next film - seemed odd and disappointing. Nonetheless, it is still very much worth watching despite not living up to the standard of the first. Expand
  5. Nov 30, 2011
    6
    Ok, so it's not as good as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which is hardly surprising, as the first film bordered on perfection) but The Girl Who Played with Fire still has a lot to offer. New director Daniel Alfredson takes the story in a more action-centric crime thriller direction, which has merit in terms of pure entertainment, but holds far less intrigue than the dark, grittyOk, so it's not as good as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which is hardly surprising, as the first film bordered on perfection) but The Girl Who Played with Fire still has a lot to offer. New director Daniel Alfredson takes the story in a more action-centric crime thriller direction, which has merit in terms of pure entertainment, but holds far less intrigue than the dark, gritty murder-mystery that the first film was. The story itself is a little slow off the mark, and can become a little convoluted at times, but manages to find its feet about halfway through. Noomi Rapace continues to prove herself as a formidably talented and versatile young actress, adding further depth to the character of Lisbeth Salander as more of her back-story is revealed, and Michael Nyqvist is still strong, though he's not as essential to the second film's story. While it's never dull to watch, you can't help but think you've seen a lot of things in The Girl Who Played with Fire somewhere before. Unlike its predecessor, the film owes a lot to Hollywood thrillers, and you can spot the films that influenced it a mile off (a bit of The Fugative here, some Bourne there). Though it's for the most part entertaining, it's such a shame that the second part of the Millennium trilogy completely lacks the originality of the first. Expand
  6. j30
    Sep 22, 2011
    6
    This movie is the worst in the series It probably had to do with the director change. But it's worth watching because Noomi Rapace's Lisbeth Salender is just hypnotic.
  7. Jan 11, 2012
    6
    Il est dommage de constater que cette suite conserve le grand défaut du précédent, à savoir une mise en scène trop scolaire et quelque peu plate. Et même, le résultat final donne l'impression que ce Millénium 2 est en réalité un simpleIl est dommage de constater que cette suite conserve le grand défaut du précédent, à savoir une mise en scène trop scolaire et quelque peu plate. Et même, le résultat final donne l'impression que ce Millénium 2 est en réalité un simple téléfilm, n'ayant pas eu de prise de risque question mise en scène, avec une ambiance qui a régressé par rapport au premier. Néanmoins, ce (télé)film possède encore bien des atouts comme son casting (Noomi Rapace et Michael Nyqvist en tête), la bande son en adéquation avec l'univers du film et il y a suffisamment de suspense pour que Millénium 2 tienne en haleine jusqu'au bout. Un bon polar, en somme! Expand
  8. Feb 22, 2012
    6
    The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009): Interesting origin story, but the crime solving half of the story is fairly dull. The film also uses a lot of repetition from first movie, a sign of weak story telling.
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. 88
    The Girl Who Played With Fire is very good, but a step down from "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," if only because that film and its casting were so fresh and unexpected.
  2. 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.
  3. Though the thriller is in the hands of a different filmmaking team this time led by Swedish director Daniel Alfredson and screenwriter Jonas Frykberg, they've kept the searing intelligence and ruthless bent.