N.Y. Post film critic Lou Lumenick has read David Denby‘s controversial early review of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (which Sony’s Andre Caraco is hugely pissed about because it’s appearing eight days before the embargo date) and has offered a summary:

“As for Denby’s review, which apparently won’t go up online until tomorrow morning, I’d characterize it as positive to mixed, though he begins with a pull quote that Sony’s marketing department and awards spin doctors will find useful: ‘You can’t take your eyes off Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander…’

“He concludes by stopping short of a money notice: ‘This is a bleak but mesmerizing piece of filmmaking; it offers a glancing, chilled view of a world in which brief moments of loyalty flicker between repeated acts of betrayal.’

“Denby has problems with the source novel: ‘At heart, of course, the material is pulpy and sensational…There are certainly lurid moments, but I wouldn’t say that Fincher exploits the material.'”