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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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 11, 2012
    75
    There is a lot of truth in this portrait of a marriage running out of the will to survive.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 25, 2012
    75
    The film's emotional truth and honesty allows us to forgive a great many flaws.
  3. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 5, 2012
    75
    Suffice it to say, the issues here are bigger than one woman's story.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 5, 2012
    63
    The new movie's a visual achievement and a narrative muddle: A color-drenched story of lust, love, and infidelity, it suffers from a vagueness that may be the point but that feels accidental.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 12, 2012
    75
    Michelle Williams is a beautiful moper.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 12, 2012
    75
    The actors are excellent. Rogen falls very comfortably into the role of a 29-year-old who has fallen very comfortably into a living thing - a marriage - and stopped working on it.
  7. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jun 28, 2012
    90
    Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley's honest, sure-footed, emotionally generous second feature. Ms. Williams, one of the bravest and smartest actresses working in movies today, portrays a young woman who is indecisive and confused, but never passive.
  8. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jul 5, 2012
    80
    Unfortunately for Polley, Take This Waltz is a good film serving mainly to remind us that "Away From Her" is a great one.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 23, 2012
    80
    Take This Waltz is frank, erotic, often very funny and sometimes startling, with an underlying tragic sensibility.
  10. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jul 18, 2012
    67
    "Waltz" requires you to be on board with it from the start and doesn't often enough rouse itself to magnetize you if you're not.
  11. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jun 28, 2012
    63
    At best, it shows how intense sexual attraction can be a form of temporary insanity.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jul 5, 2012
    88
    Known for comedy, Rogen and Silverman are the film's most delightful surprises, and their performances shine.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 12, 2012
    80
    Williams is so good, so natural, so believable in the role that it's easy to forgive her character -- or at least wish her well. That's no small feat, because she can drive you crazy.
  14. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 20, 2012
    80
    That's not to say the sobering Take This Waltz is nearly as emotionally agonizing as "Blue Valentine." Still, it's every bit as truthful in its examination of the evolution, and subsequent devolution, of love.
  15. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Aug 16, 2012
    89
    The film can feel a touch overscripted, but Polley and her actors effect true-to-life rhythms of speech.
  16. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 23, 2012
    80
    Despite a few tonal and structural missteps, this intelligent, perceptive drama proves as intimately and gratifyingly femme-focused as Polley's 2006 debut, "Away From Her."
  17. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jul 5, 2012
    80
    Somehow it is the waiting - for the fall that you expect is coming, for the marriage you figure will fall apart - that makes Take This Waltz one to make room for on your dance card.
  18. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Jun 27, 2012
    67
    Take This Waltz is simultaneously a coming-of-age film, a love story, a breakup story, and an indie quirkfest, and it tries to do so many things at once that it can't hit many of its marks cleanly. But at least it's never boring, and rarely predictable.
  19. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jun 26, 2012
    70
    There are enough unexpected delights, such as repurposing "Video Killed the Radio Star" during a critical moment between Margot and Daniel, to keep us interested in their drawn-out, teasing, tantalizing courtship.
  20. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Jul 12, 2012
    88
    As memorable as it is insightful, Take This Waltz is one of the best films of the year.
  21. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Aug 12, 2012
    80
    Sarah Polley's second film is a masterfully painted portrait of an ordinary marriage under threat, dominated by a central performance of exquisite subtlety and observation.
  22. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 23, 2012
    63
    Take This Waltz is full of chance encounters, some less likely than a lobby with nine hundred windows or a bed where the moon has been sweating.
  23. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Aug 5, 2012
    80
    Some strained metaphors and character tics aside, this proves both Polley's perceptive eye and Williams' ability to explore life-scuffed emotions. Wry, risqué and real.
  24. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jun 29, 2012
    75
    Canadian actor Kirby's bedroom-eyes shtick is infused with just the right amount of creepiness, as Polley's film plays with the blurry line between soulful romantic obsession and just plain stalking.
  25. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jun 28, 2012
    80
    Take This Waltz is an unusually kind film about infidelity -- not because it sidesteps or shortchanges heartbreak, but because it doesn't let any one of its characters bear the full burden of blame.
  26. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Jun 27, 2012
    67
    By never standing back from Margot, the movie courts vagueness as well.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  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. 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 »
  3. Jul 22, 2012
    7