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Parents' Guide to

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

English-language remake includes extreme violence and sex.

Movie R 2011 158 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 41 parent reviews

age 17+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 18+

Well-made film, but not for everyone

This is a very well-made movie and very hard to understand and watch when one watches it for the first time. I always love a good mystery/conspiracy movie, and it is cool that it is an English remake of the Swedish film. It is also cool to see Daniel Craig in a film besides one that involves James Bond. I enjoyed the mystery parts thoroughly, and I think it is good for anyone who enjoys action movies that involve mysteries and surprises along the way. However, even with all of the compelling investigative scenes, there is an extremely brutal, graphic scenes of violence, one in particular that involves sex. Lisbeth Salander is a positive role model because she stands up for what she believes in and is not afraid to give on the people who have tormented her in the past what they deserve, since she has been a victim more than once. This movie is not for everyone, but it is a quality movie that really makes viewers think and has lots of clues to consider throughout the film.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (41 ):
Kids say (31 ):

This is little more than good pulp that's wrapped up in history, the Holocaust, and Nazism to give it depth and presented in a 158-minute package to give it weight. Fortunately, director David Fincher is highly skilled at this kind of thing, having turned in the similar films Seven (1995) and Zodiac (2007). His chilly, precise filmmaking knows how to tease while still looking head-on into a dark, bloody abyss.

Fincher takes time to build the mystery slowly, showing the numbing amounts of research as well as details like freezing-cold cabins and bad vending machine coffee. Every bit of excitement here is mirrored by something either mundane or rotten. (This isn't a glamorous mystery.) For the English-language remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-- which uses all the same character names and locations as the original -- superb casting choices were made all the way down the line, with Craig and Mara superbly commanding the screen.

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