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Float Double, Swan and Shadownew

Aronofsky’s 'Black Swan' is anything but black and white.
San Antonio Current  |  Ashley Lindstrom  |  12-15-2010  |  Reviews

Back in Black: Natalie Portman Soars and Swoons En Pointe

Darren Aronofsky's voyeuristic psychological thriller about an upstart prima ballerina's descent into madness employs the same subjective dancer's-point-of-view that gave "The Red Shoes" its sense of frenetic authenticity.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  11-29-2010  |  Reviews

The Passion of the Ram: 'The Wrestler'new

The Wrestler is a moving character study, featuring an amazing lead performance from Mickey Rourke.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur and Shawn Stone  |  02-03-2009  |  Reviews

Past Their Prime: Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei Shine in 'The Wrestler'new

On the strength of the filming technique, the performances and the thoughtfulness of the wrestling sequences, The Wrestler earned a place on the best-of lists of many pretentious and snobbish film critics. In spite of that, it's actually entertaining and engrossing.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  01-22-2009  |  Reviews

The Long Term Method-Acting Project Known as Mickey Rourke Goes For The Goldnew

The Wrestler is a bleak, strangely inspiring tale of a lonely man struggling with advancing age and a desperate dedication to the brutal grind of professional wrestling.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Joe MacLeod  |  01-15-2009  |  Reviews

Darren Aronofsky Talks About Mickey Rourke's Comeback in 'The Wrestler'new

In the 1980s, Rourke was one of his generation's best actors, but he ditched the movies to try to make it as a pro boxer. When he discovered he needed Hollywood, it no longer needed him. Even director Darren Aronofsky was initially skeptical.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  01-07-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Mickey Rourke Stages a Comeback in 'The Wrestler'new

He's pretty much a lock for a Best Actor Oscar nomination, and he deserves it, though Sean Penn, for Milk, is a better bet to win.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Andy Klein  |  12-19-2008  |  Reviews

The Hype for Mickey Rourke in 'The Wrestler' is an Embarrassmentnew

Rourke's too good for this crap and has proved it consistently throughout his up-and-down career. Forget The Wrestler's hype; it's worth remembering Rourke's finest performance and best film, Walter Hill's 1989 Johnny Handsome.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  12-18-2008  |  Reviews

Mickey Rourke Returns as 'The Wrestler'new

However you term it, The Wrestler, at least where Rourke is concerned, almost didn't happen at all. Although Aronofsky and screenwriter Robert D. Siegel developed the project with Rourke in mind, they found it impossible to secure even the modest financing required for a sometimes explicitly violent wrestling movie starring an actor who hadn't headlined a major motion picture since the first George Bush was in office.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott Foundas  |  09-26-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Let There Be Lightnew

For beauty, for grief, for visual texture and a willingness to make such a strange, emotional, trippy film, Aronofsky deserves your attention.
Eugene Weekly  |  Molly Templeton  |  12-01-2006  |  Reviews

'The Fountain' Trips Outnew

Aronofsky tries to live with the divisive impact of his sci-fi tale.
NOW Magazine  |  Barrett Hooper  |  11-28-2006  |  Profiles & Interviews

Star-Crossed Loversnew

Spanning history to suggest a purpose for human existence, The Fountain occupies a middle ground between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Slaughterhouse-Five.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  11-24-2006  |  Reviews

All Wetnew

Like some epic figure of yore, writer/director Aronofsky has allowed his hubris to get the better of him: The Fountain is a dry hole.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marjorie Baumgarten  |  11-22-2006  |  Reviews

'The Fountain' Is Just a Dying Tree

Metaphysical space age imaginings counter the death of a loved one in writer/director Darren Aronofsky's visually stunning yet superficial fantasy.
Maui Time  |  Cole Smithey  |  11-19-2006  |  Reviews

Immortal Purposes

An attempt at epic philosophy falls short in The Fountain.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  11-17-2006  |  Reviews

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