Take This Waltz

User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 55
  2. Negative: 8 out of 55

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  1. 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'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,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'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. Expand
  2. Aug 2, 2012
    3
    Despite creative cinematography, a promising and appealing cast, the writing in "Take This Waltz" was disappointing and the story lacked drama, pace, even basic logic.
  3. Feb 18, 2015
    2
    I give it a 2 because Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman were the only characters worth watching in this film. The only lesson to be learned is that if you have a women doing the same thing men get criticized and ridiculed for, then they're being progressive. If the roles were switched the male role would be a pig but since it's a woman she's just confused and trying to find herself. TheI give it a 2 because Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman were the only characters worth watching in this film. The only lesson to be learned is that if you have a women doing the same thing men get criticized and ridiculed for, then they're being progressive. If the roles were switched the male role would be a pig but since it's a woman she's just confused and trying to find herself. The female role acts like a 16 year old girl who was far from ready to get married in the first place. So if you like hipster girls who don't learn any lessons, then this is the film for you. Expand
  4. 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 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 worthThis 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. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2016
    3
    Starring a truly insufferable protagonist, Take This Waltz is just a truly aggravating experience. While the acting is fine, the writing feels like it was written by a 10-year old who just discovered sex and thought this script was a good idea. The film is the grating kind of indie cinema that believes it is offering interesting insights into a certain topic, but is actually offeringStarring a truly insufferable protagonist, Take This Waltz is just a truly aggravating experience. While the acting is fine, the writing feels like it was written by a 10-year old who just discovered sex and thought this script was a good idea. The film is the grating kind of indie cinema that believes it is offering interesting insights into a certain topic, but is actually offering absolutely nothing of value. Here, the topic is marriage and infidelity. Tragically for Take This Waltz, these topics have been broached by better, less annoying films. While authentically written and well acted by Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, this is simply an unpleasant experience all-around. Never quite as insightful as it thinks it is, Take This Waltz is that awful kind of indie film that shows quite expertly why a bad blockbuster is better than a bad indie film any day of the week. Boring and annoying, Take This Waltz is not a film I would recommend. Expand
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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.