Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 23, 2012
    60
    Williams embodies Margot's inner turmoil with an unfussy sense of terrified instability.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Jun 27, 2012
    67
    By never standing back from Margot, the movie courts vagueness as well.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jul 12, 2012
    75
    Michelle Williams is a beautiful moper.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jun 25, 2012
    75
    The film's emotional truth and honesty allows us to forgive a great many flaws.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 5, 2012
    75
    Suffice it to say, the issues here are bigger than one woman's story.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jun 28, 2012
    63
    At best, it shows how intense sexual attraction can be a form of temporary insanity.
  25. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 23, 2012
    20
    In theory, these are twentysomethings we're talking about. But they walk and talk like fortysomethings or fiftysomethings, such is their dullness and self-absorption.
  26. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 23, 2012
    40
    This sophomore feature is a stumble backwards in terms of maturity.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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."
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Jul 22, 2012
    7
  2. 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 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 »
  3. Jul 10, 2012
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. As the movie progressed, I kept comparing it to the superior Blue Valentine. But that doesn Full Review »