Philadelphia Inquirer

By 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."
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
To induce a state of dread and mesmerize with beauty is a rare, paradoxical achievement.
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Rolling Stone

By 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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By 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.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A psychosexual thriller that lures its viewers into a woozy nightmare.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By 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.
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Boston Globe

By 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.
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Wall Street Journal

By 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.
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By 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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Indeed, White Swan/Black Swan dynamics almost work, but the horror-movie nonsense drags everything down the rabbit hole of preposterousness.
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79 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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