Darren Aronofsky's thriller 'Black Swan' opens in theaters Dec. 3, but it made its debut in September at the Venice Film Festival. Critics there shared early reviews of the story of a psychologically fragile ballerina; read on for some of the highlights and dissenting opinions
Kirk Honeycutt at THR wasn't entirely impressed with Aronofsky's latest vision: "Trying to coax a horror-thriller out of the world of ballet doesn't begin to work for Darren Aronofsky." Honeycutt doesn't dislike the film -- in fact, he thinks it's so bad it's good: "An instant guilty pleasure, a gorgeously shot, visually complex film whose badness is what's so good about it. You might howl at the sheer audacity of mixing mental illness with the body-fatiguing, mind-numbing rigors of ballet, but its lurid imagery and a hellcat competition between two rival dancers is pretty irresistible. Certain to divide audiences, "Swan" won't lack for controversy."