This thriller based on the novel by Stieg Larsson was already an international critical and box-office success before landing on American shores. The eponymous tattooed girl is Lisbeth (Rapace), a goth private eye/hacker who helps reporter Mikael (Nyqvist) investigate the 40-year-old disappearance of a girl from a rich and powerful family. The girl's uncle Henrik (Taube) suspects that the person responsible is a member of his loathsome family. Rapace excels as the angry and rebellious Lisbeth, who has some secrets of her own. Some scenes may be too graphic for squeamish viewers, but they reinforce the original Swedish title: "Men Who Hate Women." In Swedish with subtitles.
The movie tells two stories about the main characters. One story is kinky and very graphic (for mature audiences). The situations on this story are not gratuitous because these help develop the character to confront evilness face to face. The other is a suspenseful detective yarn which will keep you on the edge. Both stories end up relating to each other because both characters need each other to attain their goals.