December 3rd, 2010
04:41 PM ET

'Black Swan' flutters into theaters Friday

Darren Aronofsky’s new psychological thriller, in theaters Friday, has generated a good amount of water cooler chitchat and Oscar buzz – especially considering the film is only opening in limited release.

CNN's Tom Charity described the flick - which stars Natalie Portman as dedicated dancer Nina, and Mila Kunis as rival ballerina Lilly - as “a dementedly lurid psychological horror movie in white tutus and leg warmers.”

He adds: “It's the kind of chick flick guys are going to love (yes, there's even a little girl-on-girl action). Never mind the quality, feel the heat.”

Portman also has industry experts and viewers plotting her Best Actress nomination.

Reviewer Christian Toto of The Washington Times writes:

“Portman is utterly believable as a top flight dancer. She's turned her normally svelte body into an artistic vessel, every sinew primed for action. Her face, normally open and radiant on screen, is screwed into a scowl as her mental state heads south. The ballet sequences are riveting, and there's not a second where you doubt Portman's character is the ingénue she's supposed to be.”

And as far as the actresses dance ability:

“Although Mr. Aronofsky focuses on her head, shoulders and arms, mostly avoiding long shots that might betray a lack of technique, Ms. Portman does most of her own dancing. … The vision of Ms. Portman’s own body straining with so much tremulous, tremendous effort, her pale arms fluttering in desperation, grounds the story in the real,” Manohla Dargis of The New York Times writes.

iReporter Brett Martin gave the film a 4 out of 5 rating. Will you see “Black Swan” this weekend?

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