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Rated R · 108 minutes · 2010

Drama, Thriller
Natalie Portman will break your heart and freak you out as Nina, the unhinged ballerina striving a little too hard for perfection in Darren Aronofsky’s harrowing and hallucinatory film. Portman tears into this role with such raw power that you’ll wonder whether she will have anything left in the tank for future films. After years of struggles, veteran dancer Nina lands herself the part of a lifetime as the Swan Queen in a new version of Swan Lake by Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). While those around her, including her needy mother (Barbara Hershey), feel that this achievement is well-deserved and should fuel her confidence, Nina spirals downward into a world of dark fantasy and self-destruction. Mila Kunis is excellent as Lily, Nina’s dancing rival who begins a twisted friendship with Nina that may or may not be complete fantasy. The film is yet another good one by Aronofsky, and this is undoubtedly the best work of Portman’s career.


See our full review: Bad Ballerina

Bad Ballerina

Natalie Portman turns in a career-best performance in the powerful 'Black Swan' »

Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/blackswan
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Producer: Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin, Bradley Fischer, Ari Handel, Tyler Thompson, Peter Fruchtman, Rick Schwartz, David Thwaites and Jennifer Roth
Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder and Benjamin Millepied

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Charleston City Paper Natalie Portman loses her mind in the exquisitely gothic Black Swan Nina (Natalie Portman) lives and breathes ballet. She awakes to an anorexic's breakfast of an egg and half a grapefruit, and after a grueling day of practice, comes home to dance some more. Her feet are flayed and her state of mind wobbly next to the confident, determined Alpha dancers who surround her. by Felicia Feaster 12/15/2010
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, January 28 Jonathon Statham claims his place once again as a kool kat action hero, while Anthony Hopkins arrives as a creepy man of the cloth, it's all at the movies. 01/28/2011
Boise Weekly From Ugly Duckling to Black Swan Natalie Portman's turn--and pirouettes--as a damaged dancer earned her a Best Actress Oscar. by Jordan Wilson 03/30/2011
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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week TRON, How Do You Know, even some True Grit showings 12/16/2010
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Dec. 17 Frosty goes Hollywood (catch him on film and you could win big, a black swan, a girl and some guys, a talking bear, a Benedictine nun and some special screenings. It's all at the movies. 12/17/2010
Memphis Flyer Going Crazy, Ballet Style Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is a deeply enjoyable mess of a movie. by Chris Herrington 12/16/2010
East Bay Express Toe to Toe: Black Swan and I Love You Phillip Morris Freaked-out ballerina Natalie Portman, meet fun gay prison-inmate couple Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. by Kelly Vance 12/01/2010
Colorado Springs Independent Aronofsky's pas de deux: Black Swan The film is big on going insane and grabbing crotches. by Jonathan Kiefer 12/16/2010
The Coast Halifax No rhythm for Black Swan A familiar plot makes Darren Aronofosky's latest a disappointment. by Tara Thorne 12/16/2010

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