Black Swan Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
It's either the awesomest stupid movie or the stupidest awesome movie I've seen all year.
Josť Teodoro
Film Comment Magazine
November 7, 2013
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.
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
November 3, 2013
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 | Original Score: 10/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 14, 2013
Black Swan offers a perfect balance between Aronofsky's more poetic works and his down-to-earth style of The Wrestler.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Director Darren Aronofsky builds an incredible atmosphere for an over-the-top story that doesn't deserve it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: A-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 16, 2013
An Oscar contender with class, and chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 28, 2012
Though it touches on a number of genres and encapsulates several themes, Black Swan is best viewed as a horror movie - a slow creep into insanity that's touching and terrifying in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 22, 2012
While it wasn't quite as good as it was being out to be, it remains an interesting film with several things to like about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 11, 2012
I liked it in the way many folks like B sci-fi flics from the 50s.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
June 15, 2012
In his eagerness, [Aronofsky] goes for violent energy over poetry, shock over suggestion, emotion over intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 3, 2012
Darren Aronofsky's most perfect exploration of his own thematic obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Nordine
Film Threat
November 9, 2011
Its fixation on mirrors notwithstanding, the film shows us little we don't already know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2011
... The kind of film that stays with you, a moving experience on multiple levels.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
September 30, 2011
Dances its way through multiple genres with varying degrees of success
Matt Neal
The Standard
June 2, 2011
Aronofsky explores the quest for perfection in what is a near-perfect film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
May 18, 2011
Black Swan aspires to be little more than a showy, twisty thriller with no attempt at plausibility. But I still found it less and less appealing as it lurched toward the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 17, 2011
Some parts are campy, some parts are creepy, but "Black Swan" lives up to its reputation. And Portman earned her Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Darren Aronofsky is a national movie treasure at this point. His films aren't really art, they're just sort of arthouse by way of funhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
Aronofsky is completely serious about the fever dream that is Black Swan, which is how he's able to pull off material that is inherently unserious.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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