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A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, BLACK SWAN stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), BLACK SWAN takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect. BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"At times, Black Swan verges on laughably old school. Still, what a brazen, bold riff on the cost - physical, emotional - of art."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"For all his command of adrenalized, propulsive narrative and his dazzling technical facility, Aronofsky's study in female hysteria ultimately favors frenzy over compassion or insight-and remains strictly skin-deep."
‑ José Teodoro, Film Comment Magazine
"Director Darren Aronofsky builds an incredible atmosphere for an over-the-top story that doesn't deserve it."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Though it touches on a number of genres and encapsulates several themes, Black Swan is best viewed as a horror movie - a slow creep into insanity that's touching and terrifying in equal measure."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Practice makes perfectly insane in Black Swan, a tale of one ballerina's psychosexual freakout."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"There's a delirium that runs through Black Swan, a sense of stress and anguish and mad momentum, that's both exhilarating and terrifying."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Wonderful performances and assured and audacious direction make for one of the best films of the year. Aronofsky is never afraid to take risks with the story and his unflinching direction turns out to be one of the film's greatest assets."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"Mamas, don't let your daughters grow up to be ballerinas. Let 'em be test pilots, tightrope walkers, human cannonballs and such - any career safer than the business of tutus and tiaras."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"While it wasn't quite as good as it was being out to be, it remains an interesting film with several things to like about it."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"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..."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Taken in the too-much-is-never-enough vein, "Black Swan" is a fantastic experience..."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Black Swan offers a perfect balance between Aronofsky's more poetic works and his down-to-earth style of The Wrestler."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"An Oscar contender with class, and chills."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"I liked it in the way many folks like B sci-fi flics from the 50s."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
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