(Luftslottet som Sprängdes)
Alfredson weaves several short flashbacks to "Fire" into the opening scenes of "Hornet's Nest" and immediately picks up where he left off, with a bloody Salander (Noomi Rapace) being admitted to a hospital. The police want to question her about the shooting that ended "Fire", but her kind doctor (Aksel Morisse) keeps away the law enforcers -- as well as the pushy psychiatrist (Anders Ahlbom) who treated (or rather, maltreated) her as a child -- until she's recovered from a bullet wound.
All-around excellent work by a host of Swedish character actors is a further boost in moving these villains away from caricature. Like the other two segments, the film is almost all talk, with few sequences of real thriller action. (In fact, when these do occur, they feel perfunctory.) The near-constant sense of tension derives more from the way the film cuts between scenes and cleverly allows the audience to root for the characters by providing hints of what's to come.
Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety
The Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest (Luftslottet som Sprängdes)