People have been praising the dark quality of Black Swan. I don't think it has any quality of any shade. It stars Natalie Portman's ribs as a psychotic little ballerina trying to play the good-and-evil lead of Swan Lake. It's a disgusting film packed with Cronenbergian body horror, but with none of Cronenberg’s intelligence.
It's not moving, beautiful or bittersweet. I wouldn't understand if fans of the ballet liked it, though I imagine a certain ilk of voyeurs might enjoy the tiny fragile ballerinas with giant heads.
Natalie Portman's ribs failed to captivate, and the grotty context she was jammed in was undeserving of Tchaikovsky's famous score. At best Black Swan is a tribute not to Swan Lake but to The Fly. A crap tribute.