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Black Swan

Black Swan

2010
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 48m
BLACK SWAN is a psychological melodrama in which Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a dancer in a New York ballet company, hopes desperately to play a greater part in the coming season, a season that choreographer Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) informs the company will include a new production of "Swan Lake."
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Black Swan

2010
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 48m
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Rated 15 Jun 2012
97
99th
Instant all-time favorite. Aronofsky's masterful genrebender - an engrossing, audacious and inspired match of subject, theme and character - is an intensely suspenseful depiction of the ballet world that's raw and very real, yet harrowingly nightmarish. Portman is spectacular! An in turn enthralling, magnificently visceral and astoundingly powerful experience. The inevitable outcome leads to a beautiful, emotional crescendo. Let's just say I wholeheartedly agree with the last line of the film.
Rated 12 Dec 2010
5
44th
The last 30 minutes are pretty great but getting there is a chore. After they drop E the movie turned good for me. Barbara Hershey needs an Oscar for this role and obviously Portman will get nominated for losing a shitload of weight and looking concerned and/or crying in every scene. The shake cam is annoying as hell and honestly it felt like they were just trying to be weird for the sake of it sometimes. Interesting, but not as deep as it wants you to believe.
Rated 02 Jan 2011
70
54th
When it began, I was waiting to be amazed. So I waited, and waited but it just never came. Sure it was good (mostly because of Portman who acted the hell out of it) but it was never great. What's largely missing is psychological depth. And no, a bunch of creepy hallucinations do not make up for that. Perhaps what it needed was moments of restraint to fully establish the psychological state of the character instead of one hyperkinetic scene after another. Enjoyable but not a masterpiece.
Rated 01 Jan 2011
70
72nd
Black Swan, an enormously absorbing psychological horror, is Aronofsky's best effort on obsession, a recurrent theme of his filmmaking. Nina Sayers, a self-destructive and rigid ballerina, will earn Natalie Portman -- that's what I really expect -- an Oscar. Nina is pursued relentlessly by the camera, like her seekness of perfection, and looks always disturbed.
Rated 30 Jan 2011
91
98th
Aronofsky's first masterpiece poses the question of ballet itself, as a form of psychic and physical torture, as a symbolic and melodramatic medium, and as an artform demanding dangerous obsession and infinite control. These questions are posed by rethinking the kinematic relation of cinema and dance itself, taking the viewer inside the dancer's experience rather than "showing" choreography. Aronofsky is a risk-taker and in this case his psychosexual hyper-melodrama is spectacularly successful.
Rated 23 Mar 2011
99
96th
Decadent, ridiculous, arrogant, brilliant and above all fearless filmmaking. It made me both deeply happy at the dark wit and darker beauty that ran through it and it made me seethe with anger at all the cowards who have the gall to call themselves directors when they're lacking the one essential quality to the profession that is so abundant in Black Swan: Vision, motherfuckers.
Rated 21 Apr 2013
84
76th
Amazing movie! The ballet scenes are beautiful, while the psychologically thrilling parts are disturbing and scary as hell! Dichotomy runs throughout this movie and it's so well done! Innocence vs. Experience, Perfection vs. Brokenness, there's so much tension and conflict at work, all perfectly toned through the use of black and white! A very well made, well acted, potent movie.
Rated 04 Feb 2011
100
90th
Darren, you beautiful, wonderful man. How about this: Why don't you just make a movie every year and then we can skip the silly business of disagreeing about which film is the Best Picture. What a spectacle this is. I was utterly blown away and feared I was literally going to fall out of my seat for two consecutive hours; not forwards, but toppling backwards over the backrest. It's sensational, powerful, riveting, terrifying, exciting and maybe most amazingly: real. And Natalie. Wow.
Rated 02 Jan 2011
75
88th
This film has a touch of Lynchian surrealism, a touch of Cronenbergian body horror, and some stunning visuals. But I don't think Nina's psychological progression is completely there. Without a deeper understanding of her psychological state, we're left with Nina's hallucinations and little clue as to why they belong to her. Nevertheless, Natalie Portman's powerhouse performance is good enough to forget this film's flaws for two hours.
Rated 18 Dec 2010
10
92nd
Most of the film is metaphorically thick with instances of Swan Lake bleeding through Nina's work and real life. Despite that, we see an unforgettable transition from Natalie Portman's character. From the White Swan to the Black Swan on stage and a surreal transcendence of the same characteristics into her own life. The third act, the production performance, shows this transition in only a way Aronofsky could've envisioned.
Rated 21 Dec 2010
10
97th
Gorgeous and enticing. You have killer performances from Hershey, Kunis, Cassel, Ryder and a gigantic effort from Portman. Crackling feet even send shivers in what is a dark and creepy tale that is an enthralling watch. Aronofsky vision is unparalleled and the best way I can describe it is to use Kanye's latest albums name - "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" which is very fitting. Utterly loved it, left me speechless.
Rated 07 Feb 2011
95
96th
Absolutely fantastic. I was stunned by this. Hauntingly beautiful from the very start, "Black Swan" is one of those rare films that can both build and maintain momentum. It never gets dull, the quality never weens, it never at one point loses your full and undivided attention. The performances are exceptional, especially Portman, and the cinematography is really quite excellent. Aronofsky's direction is nothing short of brilliant and neither is the film itself.
Rated 10 Apr 2011
95
96th
A visceral psychological thriller - right up my alley. Portman is excellent and everyone else performs well. My score for this may drop a little in the future but having just seen it, I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Rated 08 Dec 2010
100
99th
Absolutely brilliant. Aronofsky time and time again proves to be among the greatest directors in history. There is no end to the depth that one could analyze the metaphors this film constructs from the simple transformation of a young, sweet, dedicated dancer into a dark and deeply obsessive creature. The struggle of the protagonist's metamorphosis is mirrored in what must have been the difficulties playing her part, but Portman's discovery of her character did not disappoint. Simply perfect.
Rated 20 Dec 2010
90
96th
Having just been to the actual ballet and at times nearly falling a sleep, this wasn't even close to the case with Aronofsky & crew's visual masterpiece of an interpretation of the classic story. Cause just as in the movie, this is a new take and it succeeds from the piercing black and white iconography, through Nina's search for perfection to the exquisit finale! However. Even though suspense is build to perfection it fails to surprise, and that is the only little hickup in a great film!
Rated 20 Dec 2010
93
95th
it was a blast in the face. Nina's metamorphosis into the black swan throughout the movie was brilliant.
Rated 21 Dec 2010
5
91st
Frightening, tense and even funny. While the subject matter (ballet!) might imply a hifalutin film, Anorofsky pitches this material on the level of camp, loading it up with obvious symbolism, stark body horror, sleazy sex (and loads of subtext to go with it) and literal transformation. This does nothing to belie its effectiveness as a drama or thriller, however. A bit incongruous in spots, but very gripping and wildly entertaining, in addition to its virtuosity.
Rated 22 Dec 2010
95
95th
Obsession is Aronofsky's forte: taking the subtle neuroses destroying a person and holding them in the spotlight for the viewer to be shaken to their very core by. It is clear from the first scene where the film is going, but it's HOW Aronofsky and Portman reach it that is so remarkable. The surreal metamorphosis of Nina is one of the most mesmerizing character developments I've ever seen. An emotional crescendo of how brutal and deranged the life of a dancer can be - it's all in the details.
Rated 11 Aug 2013
95
94th
Phenomenal acting. Superbly done directing. Cinematography, make-up, choreography, music - all amount to a very visceral feel. Did I say Natalie Portman was phenomenal? I remain breathless. The only thing that didn't quite ring right to me was the ending. Too vague for no good reason. Just for the sake of it, I guess.
Rated 24 Jan 2011
95
97th
I was baffled after watching the ending of this movie. It gave me the raw visceral feeling one gets when witnessing art. The black swan was brutal and was like sucking the happiness of the viewers and filling with anguish. The transition is beautiful but psychologically draining. I felt it after watching the movie, PERFECT. (P.S. Why should a ballet be so damn intense, isn't it just dance)
Rated 01 Feb 2011
90
96th
It feels a bit rushed and the script could have been better, but I'll be damned if it isn't one amazing viewing experience. Portman's performance is perfect, and the rest of the cast is great too. Aronofsky is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors.
Rated 11 Dec 2010
90
95th
Insanely visceral and brilliantly suspenseful, Black Swan is less about Nina's artistic pursuit and much more about her obsession with perfection. It is clear from the first scene where Aronofsky is headed, but its how he gets there that is masterful. Portman's walk into psychosis is anything but slow or deliberate, yet it is stunning nonetheless. I suppose third acts is what Arononfsky does best, and he does not disappoint here.
Rated 05 Jan 2011
82
88th
Heavy-handed but exhilarating throwback to the early days of Polanski and Cronenberg, a beautiful, obsessive marriage of art and "trash." Portman is PERFECT, Kunis is fucking hot and Winona Ryder's brief role as a bitter, unstable performer past her prime is one of the greatest casting decisions of all time.
Rated 18 Dec 2010
84
68th
Portman is on fire for this, even if Cassel has to deliver some terrible lines. CGI is iffy, but it works when really needed. Aronofsky tries to marry handheld realism with heady, dreamlike sexuality all in terms of living bodies, for a more Cronenberg tinged Inland Empire, but ultimately falls back on jump scares and flatly graphic scenes. Good to see the ambition that led to The Fountain, even if it does more harm here. Still, a highly creative Foucauldian fever dream.
Rated 18 Dec 2010
100
97th
This is my favorite movie of 2010 so far. I was hooked from the opening scene. Natalie Portman turns in one of the greatest performances of at least the last decade if not ever and it's another superb film from director Darren Aronofsky.
Rated 20 Dec 2011
97
94th
Darren Aronofsky is an amazing director and storyteller. The writing in this is incredibly original and the directing and cinematography are gorgeous. I loved how deep this dived into complete madness, even if it did make me uncomfortable and cringe. This is also Portmans best performance. Some great visual effects add a haunting effect of their own as well. Not for everybody but it is insanely well-made regardless.
Rated 22 Dec 2010
8
93rd
Darren Aronofsky has an uncanny ability to get me fascinated in stuff that in real life puts me in a coma of boredom: theoretical math in Pi, wrestling in The Wrestler, and now ballet. I just love the tension he's able to summon from thin air. Outside of Nolan and Scorsese I think he's THE most consistently great contemporary filmmaker. Portman's performance is her best ever by miles and if Annette Bening wins Best Actress for The Kids Are All Right I'll kill myself.
Rated 11 Jan 2011
95
98th
As I'm writing this I'm still trembling. Seldom have a movie giving me so many different emotions - often all at once. A powerful, suspenseful and audacious depiction of the both seductive and destructive force of art. Clearly a deeply personal project for Aranofsky.
Rated 23 Dec 2010
94
68th
I like Darren Aronofsky, and what he did here is definitely worth mentioning - but I think he ended up becoming his subject in a way. It doesn't flow naturally, it feels like he's trying too hard. I enjoy symbolism being placed upfront like this - all cards on the table - but after a while it felt like it was treading old ground. By the time the film reached the climax I had stopped taking it seriously, though it rallied by the very next scene and delivered a wonderful ending.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
90
93rd
Aronofsky revisits 'The Wrestler' in a tale of one dance too many. 'Black Swan' tiptoes elegantly between operatic tragedy, coming of age story and horror film with expressionist themes. Portman's transformation is an awe inspiringly powerful tour de force. 'Black Swan' does share a certain kinship with 'Taxi Driver' and the mirror/psychosis setup is done to death. If it seems hauntingly beautiful now, it's relentless lack of exposure makes me fear a revisit, once the cheap scares have settled.
Rated 06 Jan 2011
88
87th
Potent piece that depicts the toll of creation on the artist, in pursuit of someone else's idea of perfection. With Cassel standing in for Aronofsky, Black Swan interprets Portman's contortion in terms of Cronenberg-ian body horror: sickening, disturbing, and quite literal transformation and mutilation. Considering what Portman had to go through for the role, it reminds of Fitzcarraldo: The film is a document of itself. This and The Wrestler would make a hell of a double-feature.
Rated 23 Nov 2010
20
41st
"Aronofsky makes trashy what David Lynch made poignant in Mulholland Drive, though to be fair, Aronofsky isn't going for poignancy here: All he wants is draaaama." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 14 Dec 2010
85
84th
I felt like I was being suffocated... beautifully.
Rated 13 Feb 2011
79
64th
While loaded with the kind of overblown excess that made Requiem for a Dream a crap movie, it kind of works here. It's hard to forgive the Cassel character, though. Silly stereotype with some lousy dialogue. As for Portman, this is certainly the best I've ever seen her (but that's not saying much). There's some neat visual stylization, and some that's a bit hackneyed. Overall I liked it, but the film doesn't always meet the promise of its ambition, and when it does miss it can be laughable.
Rated 19 Dec 2010
92
93rd
Portman really excels in her strive for perfection, as she's influenced by a supporting cast that drives her between extremes of virgin-like innocence & whore-like derangement. Aronofsky crafts a dizzying and anxiety-stricken experience (aided by an equally intense score) where the line between reality and insanity is blurred. The ballet scenes are up-front and kinetic, and the mirror-work & special FX appear flawless. Favorite part?: When the Black Swan dude casually walks by and says "Hey."
Rated 21 Apr 2012
95
97th
Fantastic psychological drama. Made all the better because I've had a crush on Natalie Portman since I saw the Professional when I was 13 and most of this movie seemed to be Portman being sexy and masturbating and shit. Only real knock... this film caused her to get both pregnant and married. Fuck that.
Rated 21 Dec 2010
72
48th
Aronofsky has a fondness for obsession, and the main character in this film is another inhabitant in his stable of obsessives driven to delusion and self-destruction. Portman is very good in a tough role (Hershey is also pretty great), but the film itself feels a little lackluster. There are some standout visual moments, but the repeated symbolic imagery grows a bit tiresome and obvious and the story never transcends the simple dichotomy (white vs. black swan) that it sets up in the beginning.
Rated 04 Jan 2011
50
24th
This is Portman's best performance since she was a little girl. Unfortunately, it's in this frustrating mess of a film. Black Swan initially presents itself as a serious character drama, but then totally unravels as it reduces itself to a series of horror genre cliches. Aronofsky, never one for subtlety, makes damn sure we understand what is happening to Nina's psyche by delivering a nonstop avalanche of blunt-force-head-trauma symbolism.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
95
97th
Didn't think a ballet film would have me on the edge of my seat for the entire duration. Portman is so great as the white swan, you spend the first part of the film wondering if she's able to pull off the black one as well. Cinematography is dazzling, ranging from stylish, almost black and white shots of the ballet school to the more grittier depiction later on. I haven't seen this kind of coming of age story in western cinema before. Best thriller in years. Now, go see it. Go on: Live a little.
Rated 22 Dec 2010
90
93rd
It's about damn time Aronofsky came out with a masterpiece. Portman deserves everything she'll get out of this. Such a painfully beautiful story coupled with intense symbolism... every single tiny detail really helped to shape the films environment and atmosphere.
Rated 22 Dec 2010
96
97th
simply "they was perfect"
Rated 16 Jan 2013
82
87th
No more shakey cam please
Rated 28 Jul 2012
91
75th
The vision that Aronofsky has crafted is an altogether insular affair−the subtlety of the narrative weaves the obsession of perfection into a hallucinogenic nightmare in all its psychological ephemera. The beauty is in the love of the art form, which is precisely why when the narrative swells into such a lovely climax the potency of its effect is clear: The White Swan beautifully transforms into the elusive Black Swan.
Rated 26 Dec 2010
94
86th
Wow. Yes, the screenplay is weak. I couldn't care less. I haven't seen a film this visceral in years, maybe ever. Portman is more than just career-best in one of the most difficult film acting assignments ever; this is one of the all-time great performances. Perfectly captures the weird dichotomy of the deathly serious and the absurd that any obsessive artist confronts themselves with on a daily basis. A dizzy, demented film that doesn't give a damn about the line between reality and delirium.
Rated 20 Oct 2012
90
94th
Properly shit me up, so mission accomplished I guess.
Rated 27 Feb 2011
6
34th
Overstuffed with visually rich yet thematically unprofound images, overusing them as though the film complements those features rather than vice versa. A technically splendid film in terms of camera work and art direction, but as a study of obsession and delusions of grandeur, I was left disappointed.
Rated 24 Jan 2011
94
91st
Absolutely stunning!
Rated 28 Dec 2010
4
74th
Melodramatic and frightening. It's neither completely original nor subtle, but Aronofsky pulls out all the stops, and the effects and symbolism are integrated seamlessly. For all its cynicism and dramatic weight, it's surprisingly easy and fun to watch.
Rated 24 Mar 2011
88
87th
Moving, interesting, chilling, and...sexy
Rated 29 Dec 2010
60
65th
The final destination Black Swan sets for itself is it's own trapping. Aronofsky is at the prime of his craft, yet the rarely seen quality of craftsmanship doesn't do more than bluring the line into a smudge. Representations of becoming/discovery of gender are led astray with childishly designed thriller sequences.
Rated 07 Aug 2021
90
91st
A genuinely fascinating film for me. Natalie Portman was great and it made me squirm at times, which I loved about it.
Rated 22 Feb 2011
92
98th
Reminded me a bit of Polanski's "Repulsion", but much better. I thought Cassel's performance could have been a lot better but everyone else nailed it.
Rated 30 Dec 2010
90
88th
A somnambulistic dance between fantasy and realitiy.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
95
98th
Ballet and body horror combined in a relentless danse macabre that never misses it's mark. Perfect.
Rated 10 Feb 2012
79
86th
Modern day Repulsion including the psychotic takeover of a female lead, and a whole lot of sexual tension. Darren Aronofsky has made three films that simply follow one person. The Fountain followed love through time. The Wrestler followed Mickey Rourke through his bleak existence. Black Swan follows a ballerina into madness. I'll follow Aronofsky to the grave.
Rated 31 Dec 2010
95
98th
If Aronofsky made films with Portman for the rest of their careers, then I would die a happy man.
Rated 01 Jan 2011
90
95th
I knew this world very well. This film shows these girls craziness remarkably well. On a personal level this came disturbingly close to home. Brought back some memories I was glad I forgot. Scary to watch. Somehow reminded me of The Red Shoes, also a great film.
Rated 15 Oct 2014
88
92nd
Great directing, brilliant performance by Natalie and all in all very intense and powerful movie.
Rated 06 Apr 2011
97
95th
Black Swan goes farther than I would have ever thought, a psychological thriller at its finest. Very beautiful dancing complimented by terrific performances from Portman, Kunis, Cassell and Hershey. Black Swan is an interesting and powerful look at ones transformation from light to dark. Black Swan is elegantly directed by master visionary Darren Aronofsky, and even though the middle my drag on a bit, Black Swan is still a fantastic portrayal of human emotions.
Rated 16 Jan 2012
90
98th
Wow, this was an intense film. It just really didn't let up. Every single scene was filled with tension and kept me on edge for the whole movie. Natalie Portman was phenomenal. It wasn't an overly original story or theme really, but it was beautifully presented. The direction, the acting, the score, the cinematography - everything was top notch. Wholeheartedly recommended.
Rated 17 Mar 2011
100
99th
As suggested by the title, Black Swan is a magnificent mix between darkness and pure beauty. The film was so charmingly shot - Aronofsky really made great use of the mirrors - which along with the intense yet alluring record helped develop Black Swan's fantastic atmosphere.
Rated 07 Dec 2010
70
24th
It's possible that the critical acclaim this is getting is a result of the talent involved rather than what's on the screen, since subtlety goes the way of Portman's sanity. Although Portman is great & Aronofsky's a brilliant visual stylist this 1-note descent in2 growing derangement skirts in2 eye-rolling camp as the tormentors' unflagging emotional abuse turns them in2 risible caricatures & metaphors become literal. If nothing else, this does negate the need 4 a Repulsion remake any time soon.
Rated 23 Jan 2011
96
97th
masterpiece of the year, after inception. :)
Rated 03 Jun 2011
88
88th
A strange yet enthralling journey with a fantastic performance from Portman made Black Swan a top quality film
Rated 17 Dec 2010
100
96th
The similarities between The Black Swan and The Red Shoes are pretty significant. Total devotion to art, through the main characters. We experience moments of transcendent, magical ballet that leaves us waste deep in metaphor. Because of this, the entire production reflect's the main character's personal struggle. These I feel are pretty obvious points, and I could go on, but I won't. Basically, we needed The Black Swan. It's a direct answer and a spiritual successor to The Red Shoes.
Rated 18 Dec 2010
90
92nd
A horror movie hellbent on making your mind as twisted as the protagonist's. Aronofsky is so good at subtly disturbing you, making you tense enough that by the time the climax occurs, you are just floating in awe until it's over. Great movie.
Rated 12 Sep 2011
80
96th
Beautifully intense.
Rated 13 Feb 2011
94
97th
Pure cinema magic.
Rated 20 Dec 2010
6
57th
I feel like it was leaning on being a brilliant piece, but in the end it came out a bit hamfisted. Metaphors were thrown at the audience and Aronofsky just doesn't have the (har har) grace to pull this off majestically. Still interesting, visually, and full of tension, and I suppose the melo-drama was intentionally this "melo-"
Rated 24 Mar 2011
96
96th
I love the movies which give me the feeling of catharsis and total emptiness inside. Gosh, I felt I could suffer split personality syndrome myself after this ride on the brink of mental devastation. I want say a huge thank you to all the cast team, especially Portman and her ballet talent. With Black Swan Aronofsky made a huge step ahead as a professional and strengthened his mane as of the most influential directors of modern time.
Rated 21 Dec 2010
88
97th
"We all know the story....we strip it down, we make it visceral and real." Cassel's monologue serves as Aronofsky's review for his own film. We all knew what was going to happen, but what makes this a great film is that you can feel every aspect of it. The emotion, mood, and direction were all superb....dare I say, perfect.
Rated 21 Dec 2010
85
80th
First off, gotta give love to Portman who plays both a fragile, innocent girl, and a seductive, darker creature to perfection. From the opening scene it's clear that once again Aronofsky has made a visually stunning movie, so with that already shown... it's nice to see that the script was masterful too. The transition was incredible, the metaphors thick, and the music incredible. Such a great last scene too, with an ending kind of like The Wrestler. Maybe next he'll tackle baseball. Or bowling!
Rated 20 Jul 2011
80
83rd
A good film but did not really pulled me in. Acting, directing all good, but somehow it did not do it for me. Don't ask me why.
Rated 28 Feb 2011
96
97th
Darren Aronofsky + Clint Mansell + Natalie Portman = AWESOME!
Rated 22 Dec 2010
79
89th
Fantastic direction, cinematography and a remarkable performance from Natalie Portman overcome an average script.
Rated 05 Jan 2011
92
98th
I don't know what to say that hasn't been said before. Everything just works here. An extraordinary film experience.
Rated 27 Feb 2011
91
88th
Quite possibly the best psychological thriller I've seen since "Vertigo." "Black Swan" is a story about repressed sexuality, the pressures of perfection, and the expectations of women in general. Darren Aronofsky never fails to impress. He always has not only a visual flair, but a gift for impressive directing as well. In my opinion, this is his masterpiece. Natalie Portman gives a stunning performance as Nina. She truly earned the Best Actress Oscar she received for this performance.
Rated 23 Dec 2010
95
93rd
The dark and gorgeous style of this movie entices you to want to and not want to see more. Engrosses the mind and soul. Natalie Portman gives what seems to be, the performance of the decade. Very twisted, dark and, how someone put it, suffocating.
Rated 18 Feb 2011
94
98th
Darren Aronofsky at his best once again. When the credits started rolling, I realized I had physically felt the movie just as much as I had seen it. Natalie Portman shows her frail and insane sides as the ballerina Nina and Aronofsky brings us along with her as she seeks to perform the Black Swan queen as perfectly as possible. It's an intensely suspenseful, raw and visceral, traits I have really admired in his previous films Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler. Fantastic!
Rated 23 Jan 2011
90
97th
...and the Oscar goes to...
Rated 02 Apr 2018
85
74th
Bizarre and beautiful in it's own way. The cinematography welcomes viewers into this nightmare of a dance as Natalie Portman mutates into this dark creature. It's filled with tension and possesses a seductive nature that keeps you committed to the screen.
Rated 19 Mar 2011
98
99th
gets better and better after everytime you re-watch it.
Rated 04 Aug 2011
93
94th
A firecracker performance from Portman, fully deserving of the Best Actress Oscar it snagged her. The film becomes more and more claustrophobic as it moves on, ratcheting up the tension and paranoia. Aronofsky is using the stripped-down docu-drama approach that made The Wrestler work so well, but has injected hints of fantastical body horror into it. The ending comes a bit abrupt, and the story plays tricks with the mind, but it's a fully engrossing and ultimately satisfying film. A great movie.
Rated 25 Jan 2011
90
92nd
My mind is lead towards the superb 'Carmen' from Spanish director Carlos Saura (a production from the 70's). BS is equally marked by cinematography extraordinaire, an endless respect paid to the aestethics of the art of dancing and last: great acting. To me, though, the acting isn't the movie's force. Like in The Fighter, it is Aronofsky's character direction that continously and transparently hands us backstage demeanor - even in the most expressive and fascadefull circumstances. Like dancing.
Rated 24 Dec 2010
92
87th
this is a ballet. from the beginning to the end, embraced by mansell's divinity and portman's grace, this is the best ballet the art itself has ever seen. the movements of the camera confirm this; so does the looks in the eyes of the actresses. aronosfky has done it again. a tale about perfection could not be told by anything other than the perfect art of ballet. i have nothing to say but bravo mr. aronofsky. you have created yet another masterpiece.
Rated 25 Dec 2010
81
86th
Subtle it is not, the symbolism and genre-horror scares come thick and fast. But boy, what a ride! I can't imagine anyone other than Portman inhabiting this role so well. Aronofsky brings ambition to the mainstream - bravo!
Rated 25 Dec 2010
70
63rd
mostly for hot lesbian sex
Rated 24 Dec 2013
86
77th
a really visceral, deeply disturbing film. but it was also electrifying - i couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. natalie portman's performance was out of this world! and the film's cinematography was interesting. i actually didn't like this film that much the first time i saw it, but i think that's because i didn't really get it. i liked it a lot more on the second watch. the film itself is pretty much a modern rendition of swan lake, but it's done very well, with some very creative choices.
Rated 09 Jan 2011
83
97th
Psychosexual. Its strength is the frenetic, dark, crazed, in-the-moment experience, so its power may fade with retrospect. But it's still a psychologically thrilling film on a visceral level.
Rated 31 Mar 2011
90
97th
Beautifully filmed and acted, everyone does their part here. Wonderful to see Aronofsky blossming into one of the best storytellers around.
Rated 13 Feb 2012
82
91st
Visually astounding. Disturbing in a way that few American films can manage. It seems all of Aronofsky's films are at some level about the cost of seeking greatness. Though I think the theme itself was done slightly better in The Wrestler, this may be the better overall film.
Rated 17 Apr 2011
85
92nd
Fantastic movie in every respect, but kind of uncomfortable to watch since all straight males will likely have a boner the entire time.
Rated 25 Feb 2011
84
90th
A dark and stunning work of art.
Rated 19 Jan 2011
8
84th
Rivaling "Requiem" and "Wrestler" as Aronofsky's best, "Black Swan" is even more claustrophobically attached to its main character than his earlier movies. We aren't asked to enter, no, we're thrust into Nina's mind. Portman is electrifying. Ambition, jealously and artistic pursuit are the big themes, but the real eyeopener is the combination of nail and flesh extracting body horror a la "À l'intérieur" with Freudian identity and mother-daughter themes a la "Persona".The ambiguity is ubiquitous.
Rated 18 Jan 2011
90
98th
Some may call it a thriller, but that's only because you don't call Oscar-bait horror. Refreshing film with great acting (though Portman looks like she could burst out in tears at any moment, which I suppose it the point, but it wears a bit thin), memorable and disturbing imagery, and the most pleasant surprise in a long time. Best seen going in blind, try to avoid the trailer and other spoilers if you can.
Rated 30 Dec 2010
80
92nd
Beautiful
Rated 19 Jan 2011
80
72nd
Here, Aronofsky reaches dizzily bipolar, even Lynchian levels of narrative brilliance with unfortunate thematic repetition. It's too obvious these are the characters from Perfect Blue (Mima :: Nina) playing The Red Shoes, with a detour down Mulholland Dr., and because of its parasitic relationship to these other films, it never reaches the full potential that's clearly hiding somewhere. It's not its own beast. But the acting and camerawork are still utterly fantastic.
Rated 26 Jan 2011
82
80th
alternate version of The Wrestler. Less intimate and human, more nightmarish and sexy. Lots of fun!
Rated 03 Jan 2011
95
95th
Painfully beautiful story about a girl who just wanted to be perfect but was afraid of something she could not control, was afraid to be free, was afraid to feel. And so you know, she was perfect. But being perfect has it's price.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
95
98th
This is truly a great movie. Aronofsky changes the genre of the movie several times and each time completely effortlessly. The result of this is that you are never quite sure which way the story is leading you. Aronofsky is brilliant in his way of showing madness without having to go to Jack Nicholsonesque proportions! An instant masterpiece! Portman is nothing short of perfect. I can't remember ever watching a performance by a leading lady so worthy of an Oscar.

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