Black Swan

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  • Summary: Black Swan is a psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet. Featured dancer, Nina, finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company. (Fox Searchlight)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Kristin Hunt
    Jan 6, 2011
    100
    Just like the final performance by its deeply disturbed heroine, Black Swan is perfect.
  2. 100
    This is, no doubt about it, a tour de force, a work that fully lives up to its director's ambitions.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 9, 2010
    90
    It's all or nothing with Black Swan. Either you embrace its headlong descent into madness brought on by the pressures of artistic perfection, compounded by smothering anxiety, or you reject it. It's that simple.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Dec 6, 2010
    80
    Both a baroque thriller set in New York's ballet demimonde and a portrait of artistry as schizoid perfectionism, Darren Aronofsky's new film percolates parallel lines of fine madness-but then, doubling down on duality is this movie's raison d'etre.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 17, 2010
    75
    Arriving with a savage grace, director Darren Aronofsky's nightmare-come-to-life Black Swan cements his reputation not only as one of the more daring filmmakers of his generation, but also as an actor's director of the first order.
  6. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 6, 2010
    75
    Some girls fight over men. Ballerinas fight over parts. But the occasional brilliance of Black Swan is that it's a one-way fight. Nina battles herself.
  7. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Dec 6, 2010
    30
    Not just any kind of trash, it's high-art trash, a kind of "When Tutu Goes Psycho" that so prizes hysteria over sanity that it's worth your life to tell when its characters are hallucinating and when they're not.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 263
  1. Feb 27, 2011
    10
    Outstanding. No doubt one of the best films of the year. Best thriller/drama movie I've seen yet. Natalie Portman's performance is incredible,Outstanding. No doubt one of the best films of the year. Best thriller/drama movie I've seen yet. Natalie Portman's performance is incredible, such as the other actors in the film. Expand
  2. Aug 25, 2014
    10
    The intensity of this film elevates the artistic portrayal of Swan Lake far beyond what you may expect. Aronofsky enthralls the audience withThe intensity of this film elevates the artistic portrayal of Swan Lake far beyond what you may expect. Aronofsky enthralls the audience with this mesmerizing piece of art, coupled with Natalie Portman's phenomenal portrait as a troubled young dancer. Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2010
    10
    This is one of the best movies made in the past ten years. Its art is mesmerizing. Its entry into the psyche of Portman nearly singularlyThis is one of the best movies made in the past ten years. Its art is mesmerizing. Its entry into the psyche of Portman nearly singularly unique. Its portrayal of the relationships excellent, its moments of tenderness and want, concern and horror, worthy of almost any director. Over the years, we will see this film grow in stature. Its record twelve Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations are no mistake. Expand
  4. Feb 6, 2011
    9
    Black Swan was, by far, the best movie of the year. Going into the movie, I didn't quite know what to expect besides that it was a dark balletBlack Swan was, by far, the best movie of the year. Going into the movie, I didn't quite know what to expect besides that it was a dark ballet movie. I was honestly blown away with what I received from that movie. To take ballet and transform it into that is just amazing. Great movie from start to finish, especially that of the last twenty or thirty minutes. That was the truly breathtaking segment of the movie. All that needs to be said about Natalie Portman is amazing and best actress of the year. And for Darren Aronofsky, best director. This movie, hands down, deserves those three Oscars. Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2012
    8
    Black swan is a fantastic and dark film. the acting my Portman is flawless. A daring a film with scary moments at times but never boring. someBlack swan is a fantastic and dark film. the acting my Portman is flawless. A daring a film with scary moments at times but never boring. some might be turned off by the ballet part but trust me this film delivers stuff for everyone to enjoy. Expand
  6. Feb 22, 2011
    7
    I just want to say this is my inaugural review on Metacritic. As they say in the sports radio world, I've been a "longtime listener; firstI just want to say this is my inaugural review on Metacritic. As they say in the sports radio world, I've been a "longtime listener; first time caller." in regards to Metacritic. But, you know, with reading and writing. Having said that, let me say this about Black Swan Here's my review... -------------- Black Swan. "The gripping tale of a schizophrenic's quest for the ultimate orgasm." I just don't know how else to tagline this movie. Portman is transcendent in this deeply psychological role. I don't see her losing the Best Actress Oscar. And Mila Kunis holds her own -- and some of Portman's -- in a deftly turned supporting performance. The music is beautiful, as would be expected, and the film gives you a greater respect for ballerinas as expert craftswomen. At least, it did for me. The story itself seems more a lattice upon which the performances flourish like ivy, as opposed to the characters driving a strong, riveting story. This may be a disappointment to some who desire a more traditional three-act story with a clear resolution. And one last thought. Kudos to Winona Rider for her particularly dark, near-cameo turn as a past-her-prime prima ballerina. Quite riveting. My Verdict: Three and a half Stars -------------- Check out my taste in movies here: http://bit.ly/MyMovies Expand
  7. May 29, 2011
    0
    Absolute garbage.Absolute garbage. ........................................................................................................................................................... Expand

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