Idan Winter’s review published on Letterboxd:
Absolute insanity. The quest to be the very best, like no one else. Even if it means going absolutely mad, insane, and bat-shit crazy... Just for that singular moment.
I decided to revisit this film for the Best of The 2010s (work in progress) list, and I love this fucking movie WAY MORE.
Natalie Portman imo gives one of the best performances of the entire decade. She's so flawless, and gives her absolute best EVERY SINGLE SCENE. She displays every needed emotion to its fullest potential, and it's nothing short of memorable. Her performance here might be almost as good (if not AS good) as her debut in 𝗟𝗲𝗼𝗻: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 (𝟭𝟵𝟵𝟰). As far as Mila Kunis, this is undoubtedly her best performance ever (and one of the only good films she's ever been in). Vincent Cassel is also magnificent.
The production design is perfect as well, Aronofsky' direction is phenomenal, Matthew Libatique' cinematography is fantastic, Andrew Weisblum' editing is excellent. the score by Clint Mansell is incredible, loud and powerful. Basically every technical aspect and production decision works perfectly.
On my first watch, I wasn't that big on it. It was a one-of-a-kind experience for sure, but didn't strike me as much as today.