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Black Swan

Thriller . Mystery . Drama

A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

Actors: Kristina Anapau , Janet Montgomery , Toby Hemingway , Ksenia Solo , Chris Gartin , Winona Ryder , Mila Kunis , Barbara Hershey , Vincent Cassel , Natalie Portman
Directors: Darren Aronofsky
Country: USA
Release: 2010-12-17
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  • Kristin Hunt

    Just like the final performance by its deeply disturbed heroine, Black Swan is perfect.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Artful, epic, operatic even, this thriller set in the world of ballet challenges the viewer with its intelligence and depth and wit.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    This eye-popping, inspired and often-demented (in a good way) cross between "The Red Shoes" and "All About Eve" channels horror maestros David Cronenberg, Brian De Palma and Dario Argento.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    One of the best movies of the year. Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    To induce a state of dread and mesmerize with beauty is a rare, paradoxical achievement.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Wild and woolly, the movie is a breathtaking head trip that hails from a long tradition of backstage melodramas: "42nd Street," "A Star Is Born," "All About Eve," and, yes, that kitschy '90s relic, "Showgirls."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    This is, no doubt about it, a tour de force, a work that fully lives up to its director's ambitions.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Black Swan is visceral and real even while it's one delirious, phantasmagoric freakout.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Whether your tastes are delicate or coarse, whether you prefer the ballet or horror movies, there is plenty in the film for you.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    A florid, often lurid, completely enthralling film held in place by a disarming Portman, who rarely leaves the frame.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's all or nothing with Black Swan. Either you embrace its headlong descent into madness brought on by the pressures of artistic perfection, compounded by smothering anxiety, or you reject it. It's that simple.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    A wicked, sexy and ultimately devastating study of a young dancer's all-consuming ambition, Black Swan serves as a fascinating complement to Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," trading the grungy world of a broken-down fighter for the more upscale but no less brutal sphere of professional ballet.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    This drama-horror hybrid, set within a New York ballet company, strikes a tone more along the lines of the terrifying hallucinatories of Aronofsky's breakout film, "Requiem for a Dream," revisiting, too, favorite themes of monster mommies and female hysteria.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Black Swan is ridiculously over the top, but in a way that makes it fascinating to watch.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A near-masterpiece of a film set in the hothouse world of New York ballet.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Portman's portrait of an artist under siege is unmissable and unforgettable. So is the movie. You won't know what hit you.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The look and feel of Black Swan, which captures the essence of a major New York ballet production, is one of Aronofsky's great successes.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A full-bore melodrama, told with passionate intensity, gloriously and darkly absurd. It centers on a performance by Natalie Portman that is nothing short of heroic.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Is Black Swan high-minded? I'm happy to say: No. It is extremely high-grade hokum, which is to say it offers several different and combustible varieties.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Lurid and voluptuous pulp fun, with a sensationalistic fairy-tale allure. You can't take it too seriously, but you can't tear your eyes away from it, either.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    An extraordinary, intoxicating movie. Its hard, twisted edges may turn off some, but there's no faulting either Aronofsky's technical mastery or Portman's flawless performance.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Fear

    Both a baroque thriller set in New York's ballet demimonde and a portrait of artistry as schizoid perfectionism, Darren Aronofsky's new film percolates parallel lines of fine madness-but then, doubling down on duality is this movie's raison d'etre.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    A near-irresistible exercise in bravura absurdity, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan deserves to become a minor classic of heterosexual camp-at the very least, it's the most risible and riotous backstage movie since "Showgirls."

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Aronofsky isn't loose enough, or canny enough, to be in touch with its camp soul.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    A psychosexual thriller that lures its viewers into a woozy nightmare.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    With Natalie Portman dominating the action and exhibiting a screen maturity not seen from her before, this all-stops-out Grand Guignol melodrama exhibits more than enough blood, sweat and tears (emphasis on the blood) to score nicely beyond the ballet crowd.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Arriving with a savage grace, director Darren Aronofsky's nightmare-come-to-life Black Swan cements his reputation not only as one of the more daring filmmakers of his generation, but also as an actor's director of the first order.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Like all his (Aronofsky) films, it's lurid, visually stimulating, thoughtful, absurd in spots, well-cast and unrelentingly intense.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Black Swan is a stage door melodrama putting new spins on cliches as old as "All About Eve" (and maybe Adam). Setting them among ballerinas as opposed to showgirls or movie stars doesn't make them any less familiar.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's excessive and psychologically imprecise, coarse where it should be refined and too much like a David Cronenberg horror movie in places where restraint and intellectual rigor are called for.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Audaciously whacked-out and never less than entertaining, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan mixes a backstage dance drama with a Freudian psychological thriller that's indebted to Roman Polanski's studies of shattered feminine psyches and David Cronenberg's movies about repressed bodies in rebellion.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Some girls fight over men. Ballerinas fight over parts. But the occasional brilliance of Black Swan is that it's a one-way fight. Nina battles herself.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Aronofsky blurs the line between reality and fantasy, turning the film into a gothic horror show that is fascinating and disappointing in equal measure. What's resplendently real, though, is the beauty of Ms. Portman's performance. She makes the whole lurid tale worthwhile.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The black/white duality isn't terribly interesting, but as in most of Aronofsky's films, an intense horror of the body and its uncontrollability fuels the rhapsodic psychodrama.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    For all its dazzling allure, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, a feverishly psycho thriller set in the hermetic world of classical ballet, proves a meaningless exercise in Grand Guignol exhibitionism.

    NPR Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Me, I'm of two minds about a movie that wants to be a nail-ripping thriller and a statement on an artist's unholy communion with her role. It's reminiscent of older, better movies.

    Time Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Portman toils slavishly to realize Aronofsky's mad vision. It isn't her fault that, despite Black Swan's visual splendor and bursts of grand guignol excess, this emotionally inert movie never does grow wings.

    Slate Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    This exercise in hysteria is so over the top that you don't know whether to scream or laugh. Despite an emotionally gripping performance by Natalie Portman, it's nothing more than a lavishly staged "Repulsion" in toe shoes.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    A love-it-or-hate-it movie. Put me in the (sort of) hate-it column. My slight qualification here is because Darren Aronofsky's movie starring Natalie Portman as an increasingly unhinged ballerina gets points for being unlike anything else that's out there.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Indeed, White Swan/Black Swan dynamics almost work, but the horror-movie nonsense drags everything down the rabbit hole of preposterousness.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Denby

    Off the dance floor, however, Black Swan is trashy and incoherent. Aronofsky, for all his gifts, is a gaudy maestro, opportunistic and insecure as an artist.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Not just any kind of trash, it's high-art trash, a kind of "When Tutu Goes Psycho" that so prizes hysteria over sanity that it's worth your life to tell when its characters are hallucinating and when they're not.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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