Black Swan (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, Black Swan glides on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction -- and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman.


Movie Info

A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), BLACK SWAN takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Heyman, John J. McLaughlin, Andres Heinz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 29, 2011
Box Office: $107.0M
Runtime:
Fox Searchlight - Official Site

Cast


as Nina Sayers/The Swan...

as Lily/The Black Swan

as Thomas Leroy/The Gen...

as Erica Sayers/The Que...

as Beth MacIntyre/The D...

as David/The Prince

as Veronica/Little Swan

as Galina/Little Swan

as Madeline/Little Swan

as Andrew/Suitor

as Tom/Suitor

as Sergio/Rothbart

as Mr. Fithian/Patron

as Mrs. Fithian/Patron

as Mr. Stein/Patron

as Mrs. Stein/Patron

as Costumer Georgina

as Stage Manager Sebast...

as Sexy Waiter Scott

as Administrator Susie

as Uncle Hank

as Physical Therapist

as Understudy for Siegf...

as Conductor

as Jaded Piano Player

as Piano Player

as Violin Player

as Lady in the Lane

as Man in Stall

as Rich Gent
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Critic Reviews for Black Swan

All Critics (274) | Top Critics (45)

It's either the awesomest stupid movie or the stupidest awesome movie I've seen all year.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

For all his command of adrenalized, propulsive narrative and his dazzling technical facility, Aronofsky's study in female hysteria ultimately favors frenzy over compassion or insight-and remains strictly skin-deep.

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Wonderful performances and assured and audacious direction make for one of the best films of the year. Aronofsky is never afraid to take risks with the story and his unflinching direction turns out to be one of the film's greatest assets.

Full Review… | November 3, 2013
We Got This Covered

Black Swan offers a perfect balance between Aronofsky's more poetic works and his down-to-earth style of The Wrestler.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
7M Pictures

Director Darren Aronofsky builds an incredible atmosphere for an over-the-top story that doesn't deserve it.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Mamas, don't let your daughters grow up to be ballerinas. Let 'em be test pilots, tightrope walkers, human cannonballs and such - any career safer than the business of tutus and tiaras.

Full Review… | May 25, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Audience Reviews for Black Swan

½

This may be a movie, that in time grows on me more and more times after i watch it just to fully appreciate this movie.
It is a very intriguing and mesmerising movie all round with great performances, fantastic cinematography and great direction.

Although at first i wasn't sure if i wanted to watch this movie as it is about ballet even if it is a psychological thriller, however it truly won me over, i think Natalie Portman delivers a stunning and top of the form performance that is truly worthy of the oscar.
She certainly delivers a fantastic performance that could possibly persuade me to go and see and actual ballet production.

The storyline and script are beautifully written and is a very interesting concept that i very much enjoyed.

The story of a ballet dancer striving for perfection but also needing to find that balance between perfection and relaxing so that the emotion of the dance comes through in the dance. I liked that the story concentrated on the difficulty of striving for that perfection when competing against other determined/driven dancers. It really is a great psychological thriller that has a border line between sanity and insanity.

A very good movie and does have its moments of pure horror as well!

I loved the final scene from where the white swan turns into its opposite and becomes the black, i thought that Natalie Portman did an excellent and exhilarirating performances that i didnt think that you could actually pick on the change between the white swan who is a kind of conscientous, timid and frigid kind of character whereas the black swan is the alto ego of letting go and becoming an intense and maybe scary character and Portman gives and portrays that performance beautifully in that one dance.

Very well down and really worth the watch even if you aren't a ballet fan.

FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

½

Much like Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," which shows how much damage wrestling wreaks on a human body, despite it being staged, "Black Swan" exposes the emotional and physical tolls of ballet, despite it being so pretty and ladylike. Natalie Portman's performance is painful to watch - in a good way. She's painfully withdrawn, painfully giddy, painfully lithe, and painfully sensual. The masturbation scene is sexy, but it's not meant to be just that. It's guarded at first, then freeing, then painfully embarrassing. Much of the pain, I suppose, comes from the audience knowing that fit is gonna hit the shan at any moment.

Upon first viewing, I thought the movie broke its own set of supernatural rules because all throughout, we're supposed to believe that what Nina sees, feels, and does are figments of her imagination - sprouting swan wings, shanking a bitch. Nina doesn't REALLY sprout wings. Her ankles don't REALLY collapse in on themselves. She doesn't REALLY kill Lily, and as a corollary, she doesn't REALLY stab herself. No other character in the movie can see these psychotic delusions, yet the one that they do see (the bloody gash from aforementioned shanking) just happens to be caused by the only delusion that the filmmakers don't even show the audience (Nina killing herself, apparently, when she thought she was killing Lily).

However, I bought the fantasy-becoming-reality climax more this time for no real reason other than perhaps wanting a believable resolution that mirrors the sacrificial suicide in the plot of "Swan Lake."

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

The "Mindf@*ck" film genre has just gotten a solid new entry with "Black Swan" a psychosexual thriller starring Natalie Portman and directed by Darren Aronofsky. But "Swan" despite its excellent execution and master class performances doesn't quite achieve the heights of other classics in this genre like "Mulholland Drive", "Memento" or even Aronofsky's amazing "Requiem of a Dream".

"Black Swan" follows the rise (or dark descent) of a featured ballerina (Portman) who lands the coveted lead role in a new production of "Swan Lake". As she prepares for the part, she finds herself battling with a beautiful new rival who possesses the qualities she lacks (Mila Kunis), her overbearing mother (Barbara Hershey), her admiration for the prior and now past her prime featured ballerina (Winona Ryder) and the production's eccentric director (Vincent Cassel. These conflicts begin a fascinating trip into darkness.

Portman is essential to the film's success and her committed performance is a wonder to behold. The young actress is raw in her approach and brings the character alive both physically and mentally. She's surrounded by a solid cast with Kunis demonstrating chops she had little chance to display in her prior roles. Veterans Hershey and Ryder do well with their parts, but are nothing more but stock characters with very little surprise.

"Swan" is painstaking in its portrayal of the brutality of the ballet world - with injuries and psychological torment in full display - and perhaps this painstaking detail is what distracts "Swan" and ultimately makes it feel too laborious to get through. But this does not destroy the film it just blunts the impact the film could have had if it had only been a bit more tightly paced.

With that said, "Swan" is still a definite must watch. Aronofsky again showcases a unique point of view and perspective that is rarely seen in film today and "Swan" while not a masterpiece is still a fascinating film to watch.

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Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

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