ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Black Swan Movie Review

Updated on October 12, 2021
Natalie Portman's Black Swan
Natalie Portman's Black Swan

Black Swan May Not Be the Movie That You Think It Is...

There was constant chatter in the media about Natalie Portman's performance in the new movie, Black Swan almost before the movie was released. They were calling her performance the one to beat for the Oscar but I had not paid much attention to the movie until the reviewer in my local newspaper triggered my interest when he said that Black Swan is "the most harrowing, suspense-filled psychological thriller of the season" and he gave the movie 4.5 stars.

Since then, I have learned a lot more about the movie and, of course, Natalie Portman has won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. On this page, learn a bit more about the movie and add your thoughts to the debate on whether or not this movie is a thriller or an art movie.

Click here to order your copy of Black Swan from Amazon.

"I just want to be perfect." ~ Nina


Black Swan Fast Facts

  • DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky,
  • STARRING: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Vincent Cassel
  • OPENING DATE: September 1, 2010, Venice Film Festival; limited release December 3, 2010; nationwide release on December 22, 2010
  • RATED: R for sexual content, violent images, language and drug use.
  • RUNTIME: 108 minutes.

Black Swan Plot

Black Swan is rated R.

In Black Swan, Nina (Natalie Portman) wins the lead role in the ballet Swan Lake. She has ambition but she is very driven by her mother, played by Barbara Hershey, who stopped dancing when she became pregnant with Nina. Nina pushes herself, working extremely hard, to be successful but her choreographer pushes her still farther and leads her to the edge...

A fast paced look at the world of the artist, the process and the price that they sometimes pay to be successful. HOWEVER, this is a disturbing, dark psychological movie, rated R. Make no mistake, it is not a simple 'ballet' movie. As a matter of fact, I am trying to decide if it is a horror movie or an art movie...if you've seen it, please join in the debate and tell us what YOU think.

What Do You Think? Is Black Swan More of a Horror or Thriller Movie or Is It an Art Film? - Black Swan Is Rated R.

This movie has been called it all: psychological thriller, horror, art, porn, big, crazy, weird, dark, twisted, interesting, amazing, intense as well as a combination of the above. What do YOU think? Is Black Swan more of a thriller or a horror movie or is it an art film?

I think Black Swan is a horror movie

anonymous: Black Swan is a horror movie according to Aronofsky. It was inspired by Suspiria and Perfect Blue. Actually it's both horror and an art movie, just like Suspiria, by Argento.

GoldenChile: I thought Black Swan was eye candy more than anything. Beautifully shot, beautifully cut and generally well acted. The human story fell flat for me on the other hand. The film ends right as Portman's character is beginning her sexual transformation into the Black Swan. I never got the feeling that she had lost herself to her whims and desperately needed release from her waking nightmare.But I want to see it again.

anonymous: Watched it last night, and I was surprised to find that about halfway through the movie that it really does go from being a drama/art film into more of a thriller of sorts. It was just overall captivating to watch, great acting, music, dancing, costumes

ctavias0ffering1: Sounds like the best kind of horror movie to me. I really enjoyed Requiem for a Dream so I think I will enjoy this one.

I think Black Swan is an art movie

anonymous: All of the above. Horror style music, obsessive compulsive disorders with hallucinations. Yes, very artsy and very black and white, it's all or nothing, darl and light, white and black, good and bad, twisted and sweet, lost and found, good and bad.

anonymous: its PERFECT!!!!!!!!1111

anonymous: "Black Swan" is a psychological thriller that you can appreciate on many levels. At its deepest, most psychologically insightful level, it's about the debilitating effect of disowning your own darkness, and how regaining your "shadow self" can empower you. I've discussed the movie in depth on my blog, "Movies and Mental Health", and I'd be proud if you'd include me in your reviews or elsewhere on your lens. Many thanks.

anonymous: Neither!! This is great film making, great acting, great movie. I loved it. Am haunted by it. This is a gold medal winning performance. I'll see it again.

justholidays: I couldn't judge a movie that I haven't seen but all in all, and from what I've read here, I'd consider it an art movie...

Did Natalie Portman Do the Dancing in Black Swan?

Yes, Natalie Portman did most of the ballet dancing in Black Swan. She studied the dance for a year and her double was only used occasionally. Director Darren Aronofsky said, "Except for the wide shots when she has to be en pointe for a real long time, it's Natalie on screen. I haven't used her double a lot."

Black Swan Movie on Blu-ray
Black Swan Movie on Blu-ray

If You Like Black Swan, You Might Like These Other Movies By Darren Aronofsky

  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The Fountain
  • The Wrestler

And You Might like the Red Shoes

The Red Shoes (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
The Red Shoes (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Another movie about a struggling ballerina. "The Red Shoes, the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema’s quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the most glorious Technicolor visual feasts ever concocted for the screen. Moira Shearer is a rising star ballerina romantically torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection. Featuring outstanding performances, blazingly beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff, Oscar-winning sets and music, and an unforgettable, hallucinatory central dance sequence, this beloved classic, now dazzlingly restored, stands as an enthralling tribute to the life of the artist. One of the best blu-ray releases of 2010.

© 2010 Treasures By Brenda


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)