Overall Rank: 261
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 551
Theatrical Release Date: 12/03/2010
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/29/2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Actors: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey , Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied
Plot: At the New York City ballet a veteran dancer and an impressive upstart compete for the lead role in Swan Lake - but in this competitive world, finding the balance between light and dark can take its toll. -- Chris Kavan
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 07/25/2014
The biggest mind f'ck that I ever seen.
The Host - wrote on 10/24/2012
One of the trippiest mindf**ks I've ever seen and I loved every minute of it!
Gabe - wrote on 01/01/2012
First off, this movie probably deserves 2.75 stars, not 3, but since that's not an option, it gets the benefit of the doubt. This is a film that I think I need to see again to fully appreciate it, but, I don't want to watch it again. I also, don't quite understand how Natalie Portman won the Oscar for her role. I didn't think she was that great. This is an interesting film and one to check out, but to really get a sense of what Aronofsky is capapble of, check out Pi (1998) and Requiem for a Dream (2000).
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cinegeek.de - wrote on 04/29/2016
Black Swan ist ein trügerisches Melodram mit grosser Passion und Intensität erzählt! Darren Aronoskys Inszenierung ist herrlich übertrieben, genauso düster wie absurd! Im Mittelpunkt steht die Performance von Natalie Portman als Ballerina, die in Tschaikowskis Schwanenensee den weissen und den dunklen Schwan darstellt. Sie ist Nina Sayers, eine junge Frau, die sich in ihrer Kunst verliert - mehr noch: Nina verliert ihren Verstand. Alles am klassischen Ballett schreit förmlich nach Exzess: Der Triumph der Illusion über die Realität, die grosse Geste, ja die scheinbare Überwindung der Schwerkraft. Das klassische Ballett gebietet den Tänzern absolute Disziplin und rigororsen Perfektionismus. Diese Qqualitäten überwiegen das normale Leben. Der Konflikt zwischen Ideal und Wirklichkeit, das …
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/27/2015
A young ballerina receives the starring role she has always dreamed of but the resulting pressure causes a descent into mental deterioration and madness. Black Swan is essentially about the pressure to be "perfect" and the way society sits in judgement over young women, and how peers and otherwise well-meaning parental figures can resent their success leading to insecurity and anxiety even amongst those who are considered the pinnacle of beauty and achievement. As we saw in Requiem For A Dream, Aronofsky has a real knack for representing mental deterioration and his use of surreal imagery is both creative and shocking, a couple of sequences being far more chilling than most so-called "horror" films these days. Natalie Portman puts in a compelling performance as the fragile young woman, …
memento_mori - wrote on 08/27/2013
This astounding picture comes from the man who almost never disappoints me story-wise: Darren Aronofsky. He's a bit like Batman. Ordinary on the outside, but a masterful genius when doing his craft.
Natalie Portman deserved her Oscar. The way she portrayed Nina was innocent, fragile and honest.
Especially her transformation just made her more vulnerable and ambient in her role. The constant push in the film is for her to 'lose herself' in the black swan, since she had already mastered the white one. It felt like Portman was losing herself in the role simultaneously. What started out smalltime ended up as a triumph, much like the character.
You could really tell this was a Darren Aronofsky movie, because it had all the usual qualities. The eclectic dialogue, unstable camerawork and …
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