Driven to succeed at any cost, a young ballerina (Natalie Portman) forges an unusual relationship with a newcomer (Mila Kunis) who threatens to usurp her position in their dance troupe.
" Visceral and real even while it's one delirious, phantasmagoric freakout. "
" Natalie Portman's take on searing sensuality fused with desperate depression cries out for attention. "
" A ballet movie so majestically lurid it almost creates its own genre; a backstage melodrama set in a dark hall of mirrors. "
" It's the kind of nightmare melodrama that rouses the best from director Darren Aronofsky, of a piece with his dark spirals Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler. "
" Practice makes perfectly insane in Black Swan, a tale of one ballerina's psychosexual freakout. "
" 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. "
" Portman, saddled with the near-impossible role of an impenetrable heroine we must care for without ever coming close to understanding, delivers career-high work here... "
" Darren Aronofsky has made one of those rare movies that gets right in your face and demands a response: Love me, hate me, just don't mess with Mister In-Between. "
" The film picks at our deepest anxieties -- injury, disfigurement, loss of a coveted job, loss of identity, loss of sanity. In most fright films, danger lurks in the shadows. Here it's grinning from a mirror. "
" For every moment of exquisite grace, Aronofsky compensates with a shot of bruised toes mercilessly cracking, or someone taking a pair of scissors to the sole of a pink toe shoe. "
" There's a delirium that runs through Black Swan, a sense of stress and anguish and mad momentum, that's both exhilarating and terrifying. "
" For all its ham-fistedness, it captures something about the tyranny of the ballet world and, by extension, the neurotic imprisonment of female body image. "
" Portman toils slavishly to realize Aronofsky's mad vision. It isn't her fault that, despite Black Swan's visual splendor and bursts of grand guignol excess, this emotionally inert movie never does grow wings. "
" A world of talent on display here, but there are as many false "gotcha" moments as you'd find in a run-of-the-mill horror film. This is glossy camp. "
" Synthesizing Aronofsky's previous work and foregrounding a breakthrough star performance from Natalie Portman as its tormented protagonist, this is a marvelous construction that's in line for multiple Oscar nominations... "
" A delirious fever-dream of a psychosexual thriller starring Natalie Portman as a ballerina descending into madness in far and away the best performance of the year. "
" Being different isn't the same thing as being good. "
" At times, Black Swan verges on laughably old school. Still, what a brazen, bold riff on the cost - physical, emotional - of art. "
" Black Swan is vivid and engrossing, teetering between trash and art, a sleek exploitation borrowing from (among others) Fight Club and The Fly, Mulholland Drive and Persona. "
" Taken in the too-much-is-never-enough vein, "Black Swan" is a fantastic experience... "
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