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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest movie reviews

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," a movie adaption that ends Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy is out today, and the reviews are coming in. I've been waiting for this movie, which stars Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, because I jumped into the trilogy late and have been hesitant to see the first two movies without reading the books. (Plus, I'm captivated by the foreign title: "LUFTSLOTTET SOM SPRÄNGDES." The phrase, which sounds like an appetizer at a German restaurant, doesn't seem to have a clear meaning into English. It is translated as "The Girl Who Ran" (Google), "The Air Palace That Was Blasted," (stars21.com) and "LUFTSLOTTET which up" (Babylon.com). Here are excerpts from some movie reviews:

Roger Ebert -- So what has happened is that this uptight, ferocious, little gamine Lisbeth has won our hearts, and we care about these stories and think there had better be more.

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Tribune -- As Larsson wrote it and screenwriter and exposition-condenser Ulf Rydberg adapted it, it's a rather wobbly blend of courtroom drama and loose ends tied, albeit rather leisurely. ... I did like the notes struck at the end between Noomi Rapace, the series' fine, fierce Lisbeth, and Michael Nyqvist as Blomkvist. The book ended differently; the movie has the guts to let things dangle.

Entertainment Weekly -- "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" is mostly an epic rehash of the tale Larsson has already told, and that makes it, at two hours and 28 minutes, the first movie in the series that never catches fire.

Salon -- [The] good news is that [director Daniel] Alfredson finds his footing in "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" and delivers a rousing, grueling, almost operatically scaled finale to the series.

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