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November 9, 2018
There's nothing about "The Girl in the Spider's Web" that feels pressing or timely, or like we need to be revisiting the Salander character.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 9, 2018
Lisbeth Salander has suffered a great deal. But turning her into a vehicle for overdetermined, conscienceless violence still hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 9, 2018
The sight of a person furiously pecking on a keyboard and gazing at a screen has never - and will never - raise anyone's heart rate.
November 9, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web, Lisbeth Salander saves the day, and she looks cool doing it. But this is a story so slick that she'd be rolling her eyes if she watched it.
November 9, 2018
Despite Lisbeth's makeover, there's still something cool, complicated and compelling about this "Girl."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 9, 2018
The lowest-rent iteration yet of Lisbeth and her never-merry band of Swedish friends and enemies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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November 8, 2018
If this twinning gambit is more playful than profound, it suits a movie that's both narratively and conceptually repetitive.
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November 8, 2018
It's "new" in the way New Coke was new, familiar enough so you can tell what it's aiming for, but it's subtly, and sometimes not-so-subtly, off.
November 8, 2018
As compelling an individual as Lisbeth is (especially in the "metoo" era), she deserves better than what she's given by this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 8, 2018
Lisbeth is asked to save civilization... but she can't save the film because there's nothing for her to do but fight and suffer, suffer and fight, and there's no one around her to hold our interest, let alone catch our fancy.
November 8, 2018
"The Girl in the Spider's Web" is a slow trudge devoid of suspense and adrenaline.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 8, 2018
Despite recruiting red-hot Claire Foy for the title role, both Salander and the film lack the biff!-bam!-pow! punch required to get into the Justice League.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 8, 2018
A ridiculous amount of the plot involves what I call the Magical Hacker Trope: a computer boffin uses her smartphone, laptop or other gizmo to do things Bill Gates never dreamed of as she unlocks doors, cars and computers on the fly, anywhere...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 8, 2018
At the very least, Foy's insertion into the franchise works, in a vehicle that delivers enough of the requisite thrills to be eminently watchable.
November 8, 2018
Anything that was interesting about Lisbeth in the original narrative... has been written out. As of "Spider's Web," she's just another glowering vigilante superhero packaged for maximum consumption on airplane flights and downstream video.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 7, 2018
By any title, the movie is an expertly crafted slog and a disappointingly bland return for everyone's favorite Scandinavian pansexual goth-vigilante cyber-sleuth.
November 7, 2018
With its palette of chilly slate grays and smattering of unremarkable action sequences, Spider's Web will likely be a letdown for fans who once embraced Salander's bold queerness and bleak nihilism.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 7, 2018
The plot feels increasingly implausible, but the action is go-go-go and a killer good Claire Foy-erasing all memories of "The Crown"- makes the part her own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 7, 2018
The most unique and uniquely gratifying action film this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2018
Even the tattoo is worse.
November 7, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web, directed by Uruguayan-born Fede Alvarez, smooths away some of the rough edges of a saga predicated on them, resulting in a competent but indistinguishable thriller.
November 7, 2018
The kind of tension-free thriller that requires even the most seemingly intelligent of characters to act like absolute morons in order to get from one clumsy plot point to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 6, 2018
Even a talent like Foy ends up feeling lost and without motivation, which feels especially glaring as the story bears down on its "she'll have to face her past" plot device.
November 6, 2018
We're presented with a world under glass, a world we can't penetrate or inhabit, and we're asked to follow the adventures of characters doing things we don't understand, who are engaged in a struggle we don't care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 6, 2018
It feels inert, just this side of listless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 6, 2018
She's the kind of hero we need right now, and her return to the screen is welcome. It's a shame this story sends her skittering off chasing encrypted laptops and not true bad guys. Maybe next time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2018
While Alvarez acquits himself with thrilling action sequences and breakneck pacing, the overall impression left by this "New Dragon Tattoo Story" is one of a razor-sharp blade dulled by the demands of franchise filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 6, 2018
Makes for an entertaining dose of international intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2018
Alvarez handles the action breathlessly and well enough. The movie's acted with serious conviction. But I kind of hate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 5, 2018
Alvarez has designed the movie as more of an action thriller, but it's not like we're invested enough in anyone to care about the outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2018
Call it a spectacular failure to read the room that the new action-tooled The Girl in the Spider's Web -- James Bond without the bondage -- strips its hero of everything that made her spiky and singular.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2018
Alvarez's film isn't a harsh character study or a brutal indictment of a misogynistic society: It's a fast-moving thriller about nuclear launch codes, and there's hardly any time for little luxuries like character development and themes.
October 24, 2018
Lisbeth is never going to be cuddly or sunny, but that doesn't mean she has to be robotic or impossible to read. That's something that Foy and Alvarez clearly understand, and the result is a heroine not only worth cheering for, but one worth loving.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 24, 2018
It is edgy and action-packed, and Alvarez' direction keeps the tension high through a slew of ever-more-improbable threats to Lisbeth and her allies.
October 24, 2018
It was probably inevitable that Hollywood would neuter the best elements of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" franchise, but did the producers really need to shift it into a commonplace cross between a superhero flick and James Bond?
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