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Black Swan Reviews

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February 6, 2016
Love Natalie Portman, hated the movie. Pointless and shallow.
February 3, 2016
Aronofsky´s brilliant depiction of insanity and self destruction brings out the best of a disturbingly magnificent Natalie Portman in this intense and somber thriller.
½ February 1, 2016
Although I have absolutely no connection or interest in ballet, I felt truly passionate about the story because of Aronofsky's ability to tell a story that shows the characters spiraling into madness and take you down with them. This film had me captivated from start to finish and I was genuinely surprised (though, not shocked) at the climax and finale of the film.
January 29, 2016
Spoiler Alert:
Did anyone really care that she offed herself at the end? I was happy the movie was over I could leave.
January 25, 2016
portman's character is eerie while kunis's is badass. a bit uncomfortable but great one
½ January 16, 2016
We are light and dark, rational and irrational, driven by love and hate, life and death, eros and thanatos.
½ May 4, 2015
Viscerally beautiful, ambitious and visually uncomfortable, Black Swan is a brilliant psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky and a powerfully embracing vehicle for star Natalie Portman, whose emotionally wrenching performance as a ballerina striving endlessly to win the leading role in a theatrical ballet manages to not only capture the artistic craft, as well as the emotional depth of ballet, but also offer viewers who are interested in taking a career into the performing arts an authentic look at the unimaginable challenges and rewards of reaching the goals that you're impassioned to achieve.
January 7, 2016
Mighty, intense, emotionally strong. And, to my opinion, much more than an inspiration for Inarritu Birdman ...
½ December 28, 2015
A well known theme in Aronofskys movies in another approach. A good movie but we've seen better from Aronofsky
December 28, 2015
A psychological thriller that's both intense and elegant thanks to Aronofsky's ingenious directing, Clint Mansell's pulsating score, and Natalie Portman's thrilling performance.
June 9, 2012
Black Swan is an intensely dark and beautiful film. It has a raw emotion and deep complexity that was intoxicating. Natalie Portman's character is a fragile, repressed woman who's career and controlling mother are taking a toll on her sanity. The imagery and tension of her hallucinations was fascinating and the depths of her madness was awesome to watch. It might be overdone, melodramatic and over the top, but I loved it.
December 21, 2010
Natalie Portman won an Oscar for best actress in this film. She portrays Nina Sayers, a ballerina who wins the lead role in Swan Lake. The role is demanding and it stresses her out to the point of going insane. She starts to see and hear hallucinations. The movie is interesting because you can never tell what is real or imagined.
November 28, 2015
Esto es arte, desde pre producción hasta distribución. Fuerte historia, fuerte final. Un poco predecible la doble personalidad 30 minutos antes de acabar la película.
½ November 17, 2015
I can understand how people could see this as an "artsy" film, and it is, but in a good way. It is hard to use this type of art direction to make a film this interesting, and Darren Aronofsky did it perfectly. This film is dark, twisted, and yet so beautiful, and Natalie Portman gave the best performance of her career.
November 12, 2015
Stepping into familiar territory, Aronofsky crafts, yet another wonderful psychological drama, which although split audience opinion, ultimately solidified itself, critically, as an essential genre piece. Nina is a fragile and tormented ballet dancer, who strikes it lucky when her dance company decides to drop its main star, in favor of a younger face, for its massive production of Swan Lake. Overwhelmed by her position, Nina soon buckles under the pressure and the production is thrown into turmoil, as Nina struggles to differentiate between reality and imagination. Black Swan is very much a character piece, with its success purely dependent on lead actress Natalie Portman, who thankfully does a wonderful job, bringing the character of Nina so perfectly to life, Portman actually vanishes as Nina takes the fore front. Its a stunning performance, that merges dangerous desperation, with a fragility that is heart braking to watch. That's not to say the rest of the cast do a bad job, Cassell, Kunis and Hershey do a grand job, supplying a host of melodramatic, but essential characters for Nina to surround herself with, however Winona Ryder may actually be the best casting, in a long time, with her brief but wonderful performance as Beth, the washed up star who is dropped in favor of Nina, it's a genius decision to cast an actress who once had the world at her finger tips, and her performance steps Black Swan up a few notches. It's a wonderful, stylistic affair, with Aronofsky injecting a brilliant and invigorating sense of psychosis, Black Swan looks utterly stunning from start to finish, blurring the lines between reality with some bizarre visual effects and make up work. Impressive moments see Nina transform, as she glides through her performance, with shimmering wings and blood red eyes, it's visually arresting to witness her transformation, made even more powerful by Portman's ability to hammer home a sterling performance. Black Swan can at points feel like your stuck in a whirlwind and by the end, you will feel slightly thrown about and pretty disorientated, however upon multiple viewings, clarity will start to prevail. The script does at points feel rather forced, with some cringe worthy dialogue floating about from time to time, and although the film is well orchestrated, it does feel like a selection of scenes could have been added to strengthen its overall presentation. Overall, Black Swan is hardly ground braking, however Aronofsky's ability to craft a visually stunning and emotionally charged, psychological piece, with superb performances and a wonderful score, makes Black Swan a true accomplishment in film making.
November 2, 2015
I had goosebumps the entire time, I applauded during the end credits, what a triumph.
August 17, 2015
Portman gives the performance of a lifetime in this guilty pleasure.
October 25, 2015
'Black Swain' plunges audiences directly into the psyche of the film's protagonist, Nina - and what an unnerving, dark and magnificent descent it is.
Super Reviewer
September 22, 2010
Natalie Portman is dragged into insanity by Aronofsky in what is for sure one of the most extraordinary performances of her career, while this is a spectacular (and fantastically directed) film that dives with a lot of symbolism and incredible intensity into the psyche of a disturbed character.
½ October 16, 2015
Gripping. Outstanding performance from Portman with an ending which will have you thinking for hours after.
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