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The Girl Who Played With Fire (2010)

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Part 2 of subtitled crime trilogy has same brutality, sex.

Movie R 2010 129 minutes
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A worthy follow-up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE continues using a dual plotline. Salander and Blomqvist solve a crime and, concurrently, the layers of Lisbeth's backstory are peeled away. This time the two tales intersect, raising the stakes for this extraordinary young woman.

In spite of the fact that the two lead characters are together on screen for only one brief interaction, the relationship between Lisbeth and Mikael builds as well. That said, the sparks between the two that lit up the screen in the first movie are sorely missed here. Overall, it's a violent, tight, suspenseful two hours, with unusual characters in great jeopardy from remorseless evil. But it's definitely not for kids or the faint of heart.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 9, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: October 26, 2010
  • Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace
  • Director: Daniel Alfredson
  • Studio: Yellow Bird
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 129 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: brutal violence, including a rape, some strong sexual content, nudity and language
  • Last updated: May 21, 2023

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