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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Blomkvist is shown driving a Toyota Prius. When he starts the car, there's a standard big-car start-up roar, but a Prius starts silently.
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Boom mic visible 

After journalists harass Miriam Wu at her door, she walks back through the apartment and a boom mic is reflected in a mirror on the wall.
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Continuity 

When Lisbeth is reliving her nightmare involving Dr. Teleborian, she is on her back. When there is a close-up view of her foot, the position of her foot indicates that she is on her stomach. The view switches back to her face and she is on her back.
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When Lisbeth goes to Bjurman's house, where she is confronted by two thugs, the surrounding area is lush and green, suggesting late spring/summer. However, when she goes to Zalachenko's farm, supposedly just one or two days later, the foliage is bright yellow and orange, and their breath is visible, suggesting mid-autumn.
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When Lisbeth is in the Caribbean early in the movie, she has the tail of the dragon tattoo coming down below her tan line. Later, when she is with Miriam Wu, the tail ends a couple of inches above her tan line.
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The knot on the piano leg changes type and position between shots.
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Factual errors 

When Salander is putting her Taser gun to the blond giant's crotch, he doesn't flick a muscle. Even though he can't feel pain, his muscles would still react to the electricity and send him into spasms.
At least twice, Lisbeth uses a stun gun on a man while she is touching him. Her body would close the circuit, sending the voltage through her as well, but there is no evidence of it shocking her at all.
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When Lisbeth hacks into Bjurman's computer, she finds an email confirming an appointment to have his stomach tattoo removed on Friday, November 7, 2009. In 2009, November 7 fell on a Saturday.
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When Blumkvist is looking through Lisbeth's mail the address P.O. box on the form is listed as 24914, but the box he actually opens is 17228.
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Plot holes 

Paolo Roberto sees Miriam kidnapped and follows the car she is taken in to a barn. There may not be a mobile phone signal at the barn's location, but he could have called the police whilst he was still in the city.
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Revealing mistakes 

The Mac Book laptops in the movie are clearly not powered as the Apple logo on the reverse side of the screen normally glows brightly when switched on.
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When burning Zalachenko falls out of the car during Lisbeth's childhood flashback, he falls next to the spilled "gasoline" that splattered when Salander threw it on him, but it doesn't ignite.
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When Michael is in Lisbeth's apartment and is reading her old file, the text behind Lisbeth's photo is clearly "lorem ipsum", the gibberish filling text often used as a placeholder when designing.
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(at around 20 mins) When Lisbeth has been shopping and walks home on "söder", the sun is setting behind her, but the shadow is towards the back left.
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Spoilers

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Factual errors 

It is impossible to dig oneself out of the grave after being buried for a few hours. There is no air to breathe during all this time.
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