Black Swan Reviews

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José 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.
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
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
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
Ben Gook
The Vine
January 14, 2011
Aronofsky wants neither ham or cheese on this, just a big stale bagel of clichés. The film seems concerned with giving the appearance of drama rather than actually sweeping us up in it.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
December 8, 2010
This mush-brained psychological thriller is Ingmar Bergman's Persona as interpreted via Fight Club, pressed through the sieve of a high school drama class festering with personality conflicts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
January 19, 2011
Black Swan is little more than exploitation cinema but its heavy pop psychology and complete lack of subversiveness make it shallow exploitation rather than transgressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
October 26, 2010
Darrenofsky has never been known for his subtlety, but now it seems like he's metamorphosed into some kind of arthouse Tony Scott...
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 17, 2010
I admire it for lots of reasons, mostly for its courage, but I found it dangerously close to risible cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 16, 2010
Works best as a bit of tongue-in-cheek high camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 11, 2010
Closer to The Piano Teacher than The Red Shoes, it's a half-exhilarating, half-forehead-smacking fairy tale about cruel aesthetes and the disintegrating/exultant pull of darkness.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 1, 2010
Trying to coax a horror-thriller out of the world of ballet doesn't begin to work for Darren Aronofsky.
December 3, 2010
Natalie Portman's performance doesn't really seem like the work of an exquisite actress, but rather the hard-won efforts of a dedicated performer.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
Dan Callahan
House Next Door
February 23, 2011
Stuck in some netherworld of not-quite-exploitation and maybe-serious.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
December 2, 2010
The film still offers up simple thrills, but it falls well short of the greatness to which it aspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
December 24, 2010
The four Golden Globe nominations and three Screen Actors Guild nods are fueling the now-choreographed raves about Black Swan. Did we see the same movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 27, 2010
There is high craft here, especially Portman's spellbinding, unsettling performance, but with it comes Aronosfsky's typically off-putting voyeuristic eccentricities.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 20, 2011
The film is lurid, melodramatic, over-the-top - and currently a hot awards favourite. Aronofsky must have hypnotic powers over jurors and voters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
September 30, 2011
Dances its way through multiple genres with varying degrees of success
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 29, 2010
Shackled by sports-movie clichés, a reductive view of how creativity works, and, most importantly, Natalie Portman's limitations as an actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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