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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)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Kristin Hunt
    Jan 6, 2011
    Just like the final performance by its deeply disturbed heroine, Black Swan is perfect.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Dec 6, 2010
    Wild and woolly, the movie is a breathtaking head trip that hails from a long tradition of backstage melodramas: "42nd Street," "A Star Is Born," "All About Eve," and, yes, that kitschy '90s relic, "Showgirls."
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 9, 2010
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 256
  1. Mar 5, 2011
    With echoes of â
  2. Dec 12, 2010
    Amazing visceral acting, cinematography, score, and most importantly, the film deeply immerses you.

    Natalie Portman deserves an oscar
    nomination for her role. Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2010
    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 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 12, 2011
    Beautiful. Real. Spellbinding and intense. Natalie Portman is timid and fragile and utterly hopeless incapable of dancing the Black Swan. The stress and strain of the dancing world is deeper the's a state of being - in perfection. The quest for it is at the loss of so many other things. A loss? Nay, perhaps a worthy compromise. Black Swan is not the fragile, delicate ballerina movie you might expect. Nearer is the comparison to The Sixth Sense, with gripping ferocity amidst bashful vulnerability. Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2011
    Definitely more a ch... err woman's flik, but I still enjoyed it.

    Slow paced, but for a reason, not to milk the clock.

    Nuanced performances
    that satisfied. All around a solid movie, that deserves my 8 and then some. Expand
  6. Feb 22, 2011
    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; 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: Expand
  7. Jul 21, 2013
    First take a five gallon bucket. Add stinky rotted vagina slime and some diarrhea together and stir in the bucket.
    Next take out your wiener
    and urinate into that bucket lightly covering the diarrhea and vagina slime.
    Meanwhile ask several of your friends over and have them all take turns pinching huge massive loafs into the bucket. When they are done stir up the mixture with a tree branch while adding six to seven old stinky rotted oysters. Continue stirring while you extract the pound of sausage you've been storing up inside of your own anus or sphincter or butt hole and place it into the mixture. Then rocket squirt your own diarrhea into the bucket followed by seventeen cups of acid filled vomit. Mix that all together and then let it bake in the sun for approximately 2 hours. After that let it sit outside on your porch to rot for about 3 weeks. When you return and look into the bucket you will see that this mixture has turned into the movie BLACK SWAN

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