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Based on 42 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 119 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Portman's portrait of an artist under siege is unmissable and unforgettable. So is the movie. You won't know what hit you. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's excessive and psychologically imprecise, coarse where it should be refined and too much like a David Cronenberg horror movie in places where restraint and intellectual rigor are called for. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    To induce a state of dread and mesmerize with beauty is a rare, paradoxical achievement. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Aronofsky blurs the line between reality and fantasy, turning the film into a gothic horror show that is fascinating and disappointing in equal measure. What's resplendently real, though, is the beauty of Ms. Portman's performance. She makes the whole lurid tale worthwhile. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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." show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    A psychosexual thriller that lures its viewers into a woozy nightmare. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Indeed, White Swan/Black Swan dynamics almost work, but the horror-movie nonsense drags everything down the rabbit hole of preposterousness. show more

  • 65
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    For all its dazzling allure, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, a feverishly psycho thriller set in the hermetic world of classical ballet, proves a meaningless exercise in Grand Guignol exhibitionism. show more

  • 80
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Aronofsky isn't loose enough, or canny enough, to be in touch with its camp soul. show more

  • 100

    Just like the final performance by its deeply disturbed heroine, Black Swan is perfect. show more

  • October 29, 2011 Roxane Evans
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    Beautiful movie...

  • September 23, 2011 cy00000000102345
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    Hmmmm. Creepy.

  • June 19, 2011 wildlllib
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    I guess there is a bit of Darth Vader in all of us.

  • June 09, 2011 mbarchi
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    love it!!!!!!!!

  • June 09, 2011 Cindy
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    I didn\'t like it at first but by the second half I was liking it a bit more but when the movie ended I was stomped thinking it actually was a really good movie you just have to watch the whole thing to really know what\'s going on. Also, I didn\'t realize ballerina\'s often have issues like hers so that storyline puzzled me. Portman has always done a great job with the movies she\'s done. Loved the Starwars movie she did!

  • April 30, 2011 nf00000000090272
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    AMAZING MOVIE! I saw it in theaters and when it was over I just wanted to stay in my seat and watch the entire movie over agian. Amazing acting, crazy story and really gets your brain working. A MUST SEE

  • April 26, 2011 dm93706
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    She deserved best actress for this role

  • April 16, 2011 rhianyn458
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    I was expecting a good movie, but omg this was amazing. Definitely takes psychological thriller to a whole new level. I loved it. It had me constantly being like \"wait! what just happened?\". Natalie Portman was amazing too, and she definitely deserved to win the academy award for her role. The only offsetting part of the movie is that every time you blink, she\'s masturbating again. Overall, however, the movie is amazing and is a movie that I\'m glad to watch over and over.

  • April 11, 2011 madaaam
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    Probably the best movie I have seen in a long long time. Not a chick flick at all.

  • April 10, 2011 harriettebauk
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    Natalie Portman was ravishing, stunning, believable, strong and fragile. Very up to this huge part. She as an aspiring Swan and then as the balck Swan was beguiling and formidable. A huge preformance. I was swept away.

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