The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

English-language remake includes extreme violence and sex.

R 2011 158 minutes

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 40 reviews

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 31 reviews

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Community Reviews

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.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
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age 18+

A Mature Film dealing with difficult topics, that isn't for everyone

This is a film that I believe to be a masterpiece, but I know will not be for everyone. It's a film that earns a Hard-R rating, about two messed up people working a mystery case revolving around Sexual Violence and Antisemitism. In other words, this is a film that I would not recommend for people that would find these topics disturbing, as they do leave an impression on the audience. It's difficult to digest and should definitely be discussed afterwards with those you watched the film with. What I believe brings this film to its rank of a masterpiece from Fincher is not the acting, or the directing, or the (fantastic) score or unique 5 act structure, but rather the way this film critiques the systems that have been enacted that allow for such violence against women to exist, and the dangers of these effects. It's a film that critiques how we interact with others, and the long-lasting effects of rape in a way that only can be explored through hearing the story of another human being, whether it's fictional or not. I believe this choice, to explore difficult topics, is worth the R rating. If any of these warnings seem too far for you or your kids, that's okay. And if you choose to watch this film, it is imperative to discuss the dangers of sexual violence, and how we can help others be safe and escape these predatory relationships. It is also a good idea to discuss the usage of nudity in the film, and violence, and whether the usage of extreme images and storytelling is justified to make a greater point. As I come from a Christian background, I am reminded by the book of Judges, in its scathing critique of Israel and the inclusion of very, very dark topics near the end. For me, the dark content doesn't make any story forbidden. It just requires a more mature watch, and a searching of oneself after to understand what the point of it all is. TL;DR: This isn't for everyone, and if you choose to watch it with your children (or even other adult friends) ensure that you leave time to discuss the film and what it all means, as I believe that is required for this film to land with the viewer.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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