Black Swan

Black Swan

Black Swan

A psychological thriller from Darren Aronofsky (director of The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream). Follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman in an Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning performance), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life is completely consumed with dance.

When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina takes centre stage. But there's competition: new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis). Swan Lake requires a dancer to play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As they expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina gets in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Winner for Best Actress (Natalie Portman) at the 2011 Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards and Golden Globes.
2010Rating: R16, contains violence, sex scenes & content that may disturb.109 minsUSA
DramaThrillerDance
Director:
Darren Aronofsky ('The Wrestler', 'The Fountain', 'Requiem for a Dream', 'Pi')
Writer:
Mark HeymanAndres Heinz
Cast:
Natalie PortmanMila KunisVincent CasselWinona RyderBarbara HersheySebastian Stan
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

The most toxic, rapturous, melodramatic, operatic movie about a mentally disintegrating ballerina you’ll see all year… And featuring some of the best dance sequences ever.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Natalie Portman excels in this gripping ballet psychodrama...

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Director Darren Aronovsky has a way with the grand gesture and the doomed protagonist. In Pi he had his lead character drill a hole in his own head, rather than spend another day tormented by being so good at maths.

4.0
0

Darren Aronofsky, like Chris Nolan, is a great director. The woefully 'Fountain' pretentiousness 'The Fountain' aside, I loved 'Requiem for a Dream' and 'Pi.' 'Black Swan' runs as a kind of twisted evil twin to Powell and Pressburger's 'The Red Shoes' and cinephiles who know that movie will get oodles more from this psycho-ballet-noir. Dark and...

5.0
0

I'm telling you right now - If your one who doesn't like to see "into" a movie or behind the upfront intentions of what the director is showing you, you will HATE this movie. The story behind the story drawing glimpses of her past and hints of her future are trully encaptivating. I loved it. Very awesome and grand! beautiful dancing really. And...

5.0
0

This was a movie I definately wasn't expecting to be so deep. Quite horrific but VERY interesting to see something different for a change. Thought that Portman did an amaazing job in her role. Big thumbs up.

4.0
0

Although the acting performances were brilliant I thought the storyline left something to be desired. There was little character development (the lead character starts off unlikeable and a little unhinged and gets more so in both regards) - I found it impossible to empathise with any of the characters. The story was also fairly predictable - there were no...

2.0
0

Self indulgent and tedious. Natalie's acting was actually pretty good, and Mila was ok too. So what was the problem? The movie does keep you watching... trying to figure out what how much is real and how much is in the poor girl's head.. but ultimately the movie is just plain unsatisfying. At the end I was torn between "WTF?" and "I...

1.0
0

I had been gagging to see this film for months. Natalie Portman is one of my alltimefaves but, even though I knew what the story line was and had seen the trailer, I just couldn't engage with it. Natalie and Mila Kunis were exceptional but Vincent Cassel seemed stiff, as if he was 'acting'. I'm not sure if this was a case of high expectations not being...

1.0
0

It's a tribute to this film's quality that 2 months after its release it can still fill a medium size theatre at Rialto Newmarket on a Saturday night. The Academy loves to give Oscars to actors who transform themselves for roles, and in Black Swan, Natalie Portman utterly transforms her body to become the ballerina whose drive for perfection almost kills...

4.0
0

A deeply disturbing, enthralling and visceral tour de force; Portman's performance is simply breathtaking. Portman's portrait of how the quest for perfection turns into a personal journey into the Heart of Darkness is utterly compelling and unforgettable. Graceful, brutal, beautiful and horrific.

5.0
0

The super-creepy special effects in this movie were awesome and I thought they perfectly emphasized Nina's deteriorating mental state. I especially liked the final performance, where Nina literally spreads her wings. Natalie Portman has an amazing range, and I have mad respect for her portrayal of Nina. I knew ballet dancers like Nina in high-school -...

5.0
0

I have to admit, psychological thrillers are my personal favourite movie genre. Having said that, I don't feel biased at all in saying that is was actually pure genius! The ballet side to the movie gives it an extra twist - you don't need to know anything about ballet to watch it either. There are many brilliant subtle hints and symbols that leave your...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The most toxic, rapturous, melodramatic, operatic movie about a mentally disintegrating ballerina you’ll see all year… And featuring some of the best dance sequences ever.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Natalie Portman excels in this gripping ballet psychodrama...

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Director Darren Aronovsky has a way with the grand gesture and the doomed protagonist. In Pi he had his lead character drill a hole in his own head, rather than spend another day tormented by being so good at maths.

4.0
0

Darren Aronofsky, like Chris Nolan, is a great director. The woefully 'Fountain' pretentiousness 'The Fountain' aside, I loved 'Requiem for a Dream' and 'Pi.' 'Black Swan' runs as a kind of twisted evil twin to Powell and Pressburger's 'The Red Shoes' and cinephiles who know that movie will get oodles more from this psycho-ballet-noir. Dark and...

5.0
0

I'm telling you right now - If your one who doesn't like to see "into" a movie or behind the upfront intentions of what the director is showing you, you will HATE this movie. The story behind the story drawing glimpses of her past and hints of her future are trully encaptivating. I loved it. Very awesome and grand! beautiful dancing really....

5.0
0

This was a movie I definately wasn't expecting to be so deep. Quite horrific but VERY interesting to see something different for a change. Thought that Portman did an amaazing job in her role. Big thumbs up.

4.0
0

Although the acting performances were brilliant I thought the storyline left something to be desired. There was little character development (the lead character starts off unlikeable and a little unhinged and gets more so in both regards) - I found it impossible to empathise with any of the characters. The story was also fairly predictable - there were...

2.0
0

Self indulgent and tedious. Natalie's acting was actually pretty good, and Mila was ok too. So what was the problem? The movie does keep you watching... trying to figure out what how much is real and how much is in the poor girl's head.. but ultimately the movie is just plain unsatisfying. At the end I was torn between "WTF?" and "I...

1.0
0

I had been gagging to see this film for months. Natalie Portman is one of my alltimefaves but, even though I knew what the story line was and had seen the trailer, I just couldn't engage with it. Natalie and Mila Kunis were exceptional but Vincent Cassel seemed stiff, as if he was 'acting'. I'm not sure if this was a case of high expectations not being...

1.0
0

It's a tribute to this film's quality that 2 months after its release it can still fill a medium size theatre at Rialto Newmarket on a Saturday night. The Academy loves to give Oscars to actors who transform themselves for roles, and in Black Swan, Natalie Portman utterly transforms her body to become the ballerina whose drive for perfection almost kills...

4.0
0

A deeply disturbing, enthralling and visceral tour de force; Portman's performance is simply breathtaking. Portman's portrait of how the quest for perfection turns into a personal journey into the Heart of Darkness is utterly compelling and unforgettable. Graceful, brutal, beautiful and horrific.

5.0
0

The super-creepy special effects in this movie were awesome and I thought they perfectly emphasized Nina's deteriorating mental state. I especially liked the final performance, where Nina literally spreads her wings. Natalie Portman has an amazing range, and I have mad respect for her portrayal of Nina. I knew ballet dancers like Nina in high-school -...

5.0
0

I have to admit, psychological thrillers are my personal favourite movie genre. Having said that, I don't feel biased at all in saying that is was actually pure genius! The ballet side to the movie gives it an extra twist - you don't need to know anything about ballet to watch it either. There are many brilliant subtle hints and symbols that leave your...

5.0
0