Black Swan Synopsis
A ballerina (Natalie Portman) forges an unusual relationship with a sultry newcomer (Mila Kunis).
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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To Lela Grant and all of us

By birac
Yes,Natalie Portman gave more than 100 % to this role,which is why I say so-so,rather than NO. Why would I even think about saying NO? Because as LG stated, unnecessarily explicit sexual garbage on...


By secretagent99
Black Swan is porn. Don't expect to be entertained. Natalie P. as the premier ballerina, masturbates in the presence of her mother, she then has a full on close up focus girl going down on her...

How to destroy a ballet based thriller: first hire Darren Aronofsky, then cast non-dancers

By Eschetic
The basic story of the artist so wrapped up in her role she loses herself with tragic consequences is perfectly valid - Carlos Saura did it with a flamenco CARMEN in a 1983 Spanish film brilliantly....

Portman's work definitely deserves a GO

Even though it was the same throughout the movie,not much dimension,so you lose the awe shortly into the film-you can still tell she put everything into it..both mentally and physically. Sadly,the...

Black Swan

By fdixon66
Black Swan is the best movie I have seen this year, Natalie Portman was perfectly cast for her role and I hope she wins the Oscar for her performance. This movie makes you think and allows you to...

I need a shower!

By Dcicc
Natalie Portman was good, but her performance was overshadowed by the grotesque! Hollywood stoops lower and lower to the point the audience is left feeling dirty and in need of a shower to wash away...

Wow, what a spectacular mess!

By jfmdavid1
Honestly, probably the very worst movie I've ever seen. We always see the Academy Award nominee performances every year before the show and with all the buzz on this one and on Natalie's...

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By andersoncats3
bloody, violent, gore, disturbing and very little ballet. natalie portman runs about with a look of sheer terror on her face the entire time. disappointing movie, wanted my money back. cannot believe...

It was an incredible disappointment!

By jdchristenson
The trailer was deceiving and made it look better than it was. I wasn't even impressed with the 'twists' in the was predictable and a waste of money!!...

Conflicted Opinion of this movie.

By ptaz
I have very mixed feelings about this movie. On one hand it was a brilliant performance by Natalie Portman as the Swan Queen striving for perfection. Her good persona couldn't co-exist with the...

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Rated R | For Strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Magnificent, macabre thriller too intense for young teens.
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