Take This Waltz

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 26, 2012
    60
    The troubling turns the story takes, which are meant as a rebuke to happily-ever-after stereotypes, are much more interesting in conception than they are in execution.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 23, 2012
    60
    Williams embodies Margot's inner turmoil with an unfussy sense of terrified instability.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 6, 2012
    58
    Polley has a sometimes graceful understanding of emotional temperate zones and Williams, when she isn't being zombielike, is touching. But Margot comes across as such an elusive and unsympathetic twit that you wonder why we should care about her.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 7, 2012
    50
    Williams is hampered by her character's limitations. What results is a mannered tale of an immature, empty vessel.
  5. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Jul 2, 2012
    50
    So rich is that visual yield, however, that it needs no verbal boost. Yet, from the moment that Margot says to Daniel, while sitting next to him on a plane, "I'm afraid of connections," the dialogue strains and grunts so hard for effect that it threatens to pull a muscle.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 28, 2012
    40
    Is there another actor working today whose face registers the extraordinary range of emotions Michelle Williams can display? Even in a film as false as Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz, her swiftly shifting expressions feel unerringly true.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 23, 2012
    40
    This sophomore feature is a stumble backwards in terms of maturity.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Jul 15, 2012
    4
    Boring and even somewhat smug, this movie was a big disappointment. As someone who liked Sarah Polley's last film I have to wonder what wentBoring and even somewhat smug, this movie was a big disappointment. As someone who liked Sarah Polley's last film I have to wonder what went wrong here. The script was particularly lame, with awful dialogue clanging like it was written in a hurry. Michelle Williams goes a long way to redeeming the formulaic plot but this was still one of the worst indie films I've seen this year. Full Review »
  2. Dec 26, 2012
    1
    This film is utter drivel. A waste of an hour plus of your life that you will be begging back for. The plot is so weak it is practicallyThis film is utter drivel. A waste of an hour plus of your life that you will be begging back for. The plot is so weak it is practically nonexistent. Woman unhappy and bored with marriage leaves to go crazy for a bit, then settle back into boring and unhappy. What a waste of freaking time. There is no climax, no resolution, not even a headline, and certainly not a story worth watching. The main character finally is shown smiling and happy on a fair ride that is somehow inside a disco dance building in the final sequence. So the message is save your self-induced pathetic life by visiting the fair or a good amusement park in the first place rather than shattering someone else's life? Don't even watch this on netflix or amazon instant. Save yourself the time and effort. Full Review »
  3. Oct 30, 2012
    1
    Way to take a fantastic actress and put her in a cliche romance movie with no depth to it. I give this movie one point for Michelle Williams'sWay to take a fantastic actress and put her in a cliche romance movie with no depth to it. I give this movie one point for Michelle Williams's performance, but the story was annoyingly generic. It's the kind of script you'd expect to see for an episode of Hannah Montana, without the cute, catchy songs, and the self awareness as to what its real merits, or lack thereof, are. The thing is, it's a romance story that I can only see appealing to young kids, but it's geared towards adults, and features adult content, so I really can't see it appealing to anyone. Michelle Williams gives the movie more credit than it deserves with her performance. It's still far from one of the best performances she's given, but in this movie, and with this script, it's like hearing Frank Sinatra sing a song written by Justin Bieber, if Justin Bieber tried to write adult lyrics. Full Review »