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

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Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of "Swan Lake," Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina's dark side begins to emerge.

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Natalie Portman
Nina Sayers, The Swan Queen
Mila Kunis
Lily, The Black Swan
Vincent Cassel
Thomas Leroy, The Gentleman
Barbara Hershey
Erica Sayers, The Queen
Winona Ryder
Beth MacIntyre, The Dying Swan
Benjamin Millepied
David, The Prince
Ksenia Solo
Veronic , Little Swan
Kristina Anapau
Galina, Little Swan
Mark Heyman
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Andrés Heinz
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Bradley J. Fischer
Executive Producer
Ari Handel
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Tyler Thompson
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Critic Reviews for Black Swan

All Critics (313) | Top Critics (77) | Fresh (266) | Rotten (47)

  • This is part horror, part thriller, part Freudian nightmare and not a pretty film, as I said, nor an easy watch, but it's so unexpected and out there and passionate it keeps you with it and involved all the way.

    August 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Director Darren Aronofsky's darkly enthralling entertainment makes the perfect antidote to too many sugary holiday Nutcrackers.

    February 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • By the end, Nina's quest for perfection-and Portman's blazing performance-will leave you breathless.

    October 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Audiences won't know who to trust and what is real in this terrifyingly great film that will grab hold of you until the final act.

    September 9, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Portman hasn't been this good since her early performances in The Professional and Heat, and is deservedly attracting intense Oscar buzz. Kunis brings to Lily a savvy sexiness, and Cassel is entertainingly smarmy.

    January 31, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Swan

  • Jun 22, 2016
    Natalie Portman turns in a strong performance in this film as a ballet dancer that wants stardom but is slowly led down another path. Very artistically done by Aronofsky and the film won awards. The story is a little confusing toward the end and the film has to be watched again in order to piece everything together. It also ends a little abruptly.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2016
    A thought provoking psychological thriller about the anxiety of being replaced. Portman stars as the titular character who is pushing herself to play both the white swan and the black swan in another adaptation of the Swan Lake, things took a dark turn when she slowly lost control of herself. Intense and beautiful, Black Swan is probably the best performance from Portman, Kunis was a good comic relief too. I think the writing and special effects deserve some praise too, the hallucination scene was rather eerie, the realism also worked really well to explore the psychology of the characters. A must watch.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2015
    The Black Swan, as a film, is finely crafted. I really enjoyed the way it was shot, and also the nice cuts and effects. The story is easy to follow and has strong pacing. Natalie Portman makes the lead work as this crazy yet sympathetic character. The film is as simple or as complex as you like, and I recommend it.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2013
    so overrated and full of clichés
    William H Super Reviewer

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