• Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan

Release Date: December 3rd, 2010

DVD Release Date: March 29th, 2011

R |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

Nina (Natalie Portman) is a ballerina whose passion for the dance rules every facet of her life. When the company's artistic director decides to replace his prima ballerina for their opening production of "Swan Lake," Nina is his first choice. She has competition in newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) however. While Nina is perfect for the role of the White Swan, Lily personifies the Black Swan. As rivalry between the two dancers transforms into a twisted friendship, Nina's dark side begins to emerge.

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Kristina Anapau

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Genres: Thriller , Drama

Production Co: Cross Creek Pictures, Dune, Protozoa Pictures, Phoenix Pictures

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Mother , Competition , Pursuit , Rivalry , Suspenseful , 2000s , New York City , Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia 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

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall 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

  • 40
    Kirk HoneycuttThe 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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama