Venice Festival started today (sadly, Winona didn’t attended but go here if you want to see the other cast member’s photocall), but there’s some reviews around.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter: The movie is so damn out-there in every way that you canâ€™t help admiring Aronofsky for daring to be so very, very absurd. â€œSwanâ€ is an instant guilty pleasure, a gorgeously shot, visually complex film whose badness is whatâ€™s so good about it.
Peter DeBruge, Variety: A wicked, sexy and ultimately devastating study of a young dancerâ€™s all-consuming ambition, â€œBlack Swanâ€ serves as a fascinating complement to Darren Aronofskyâ€™s â€œThe Wrestler,â€ trading the grungy world of a broken-down fighter for the more upscale but no less brutal sphere of professional ballet. Winona Ryder is a crucial but barely-there part.
Mike Goodridge, Screen: Alternately disturbing and exhilarating, this dark study of a mentally fragile performer derailed by her obsession with perfection is one of the most exciting films to come out of the Hollywood system this year.
Guy Lodge, In Contention: â€œBlack Swanâ€ cements Aronofskyâ€™s place as one of the biggest and most unruly thinkers working in the only notionally small aesthetic of American independent cinema.â€
Todd McCarthy, Deep Focus: â€œWhen one star is born, however, a previous one must pass by the boards, in this case the aging Beth MacIntyre, played with an almost frighteningly credible neurotic intensity by Winona Ryder that sets the bar high for Portman to match.â€