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Take This Waltz (2012)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 102 | Rotten: 30

Featuring excellent work from an outstanding cast, the bittersweet drama Waltz proves that in the right hands, a familiar tale can still ring true.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 7

Featuring excellent work from an outstanding cast, the bittersweet drama Waltz proves that in the right hands, a familiar tale can still ring true.



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When Margot (Michelle Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Swelteringly hot, bright and colorful like a bowl of


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Sarah Polley

Oct 23, 2012


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All Critics (133) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (102) | Rotten (30)

Take This Waltz is a Remarkable, Offbeat Love Story

August 29, 2013 Full Review Source:
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A hard-headed, generous film about love.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Polley (who's been an actress herself) never judges these people she's created. Instead, she depicts the giddy, fleeting and illusory nature of new love, and lets us get caught up in it, too.

July 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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No one's a cliche; no one speaks dialogue the viewer could have muttered a beat or two ahead of the movie; no one hews to a mode of behavior fabricated to explain away his or her irrational behavior.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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[It] often feels thin and self-conscious.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Williams lives and breathes her role, Kirby is charming and real, and you actually start to ache and empathize with Rogen - the emptiness and heartache he conveys when Lou and Margot finally thrash things out is crushing.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's such a strange little movie but beautifully acted and undeniably fascinating.

August 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer
Impulse Gamer

Sexually charged, frank, and relatable, Take This Waltz is a bittersweet observation of adult romance.

August 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

[A] sunny dramedy that lulls its viewers with pseudo quirks, but which actually hides an altogether terrifying dead heart that clubs viewers over the head with its nauseating examination of an insufferable, unhappy woman.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

While hardly a complete failure, 'Waltz' nevertheless finds Polley dancing to the beat of a simmering romantic triangle with two left feet.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

This is finely-judged filmmaking from a writing and directing talent to watch.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

A mess of the sort that only a brilliant person can slop up on there.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The gorgeous photography gives summertime Toronto a steamy, sexy glow and the music (including the Leonard Cohen song that provides the title) adds to the film's air of yearning.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Though nicely shot and well acted, especially by Michelle Williams, this is a minor, conventional work and a step down for Polley after her splashy directing debut, Away from Her.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Intriguing, but wispy and built on unlikable characters doing shallow and unpleasant things.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

This slice-of-life character study doesn't tell the whole story. Rather, this is a glimpse into a short part of the life of a woman who seems a lot like an enigma.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Polley's sophomore feature fumbles between reality and fantasy, often insightful but frequently ungrounded. Dig that carnival ride, though.

November 5, 2012
Projection Booth

Can a marriage crumble gently?

October 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Despite flying perilously close to neurotic indie 'quirkiness', Polley's well considered screenplay and Williams' charming screen presence mean that the film will encourage a wealth of post-viewing dissection.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Films like this can, and have, worked before, but unfortunately Polley decided to make her take on this story very plain and bland.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

Like its title, Take This Waltz is sometimes conceptually awkward - but it's also occasionally funny, steamy and always well photographed.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

This film's saving grace is Williams whose character follows another tormented path of self-discovery/preservation ...

September 9, 2012 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

...smug and horrible, a story about nasty twenty somethings who assume the world should care about them because they're attractive and aspire to arty lifestyles.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comments (4)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Williams works her adorable little chipmunk cheeks to the bone in a typically weighty role.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture
Ultra Culture

Sins and all, I ended up liking Sarah Polley's sophomore directorial effort for its unresolved, warm-to-the-touch emotions

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (2)

Audience Reviews for Take This Waltz

It's only now that I've realised that it's that Sarah Polley who directed both this and Away from Her and starred in Go and Dawn of the Dead. I like her acting but I'm liking her behind the camera work more so, her direction in Take this Waltz is impressive to say the least. At first I wondered if it was style over content, there is only so much you can appreciate the props and sets (the wife and I gushed somewhat over the house used in the film). It's safe to say that I wasn't liking a lot of what was going on during the best part of the film, I really didn't like where it was going and I felt quite frustrated watching it. That is why the last 20 minutes has the impact it does. I've always said, a film can really redeem itself in the last few scenes if done well and this is a perfect example of that. I thought it was original and clever, never predictable and wholly satisfying. Seth Rogen deserves credit for his performance and it's safe to say Michelle Williams is my favourite actress working today, her turn in this is a good example of why, she goes from strength to strength. One of my favourite of 2011.
August 26, 2014

Super Reviewer

I rather liked this. I loved the way the story was told with few words, and yet you really got what was going on. Telling the story with no history of the characters was an interesting departure from the norm. Deeply emotional, yet so tender. The actors were excellent. No easy answers in this story. No black and white. Realistically modern, and complex. Good stuff.
March 24, 2014

Super Reviewer

Although some of the material covered in this film may be getting old, seeing it done so well through Canadian hands is terrific. Directed by Sarah Polley and shot entirely in Toronto, "Take This Waltz" is a well told unconventional love story that takes many turns for the worse. There truly are some incredible moments in this film, from the masterful camerawork in some key scenes that you will not see coming. The cast is fantastic, the script is well-written, and it is superbly directed by a someone who is a well-known indie actress. My biggest complaint is that there are so many moments when you feel like you should be smiling, but after seeing previous scenes, you feeling you'd be tricking yourself to smile. It's not the best romance I've ever seen, but it is sure a great one! "Take This Waltz" is definitely worth your time.
January 2, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Watched it but don't remember it.
December 25, 2013

Super Reviewer

    1. Daniel: You seem restless, in a kind of permanent way.
    – Submitted by April S (21 months ago)
    1. Margot: I'm afraid of being afraid.
    2. Daniel: That sound like the most dangerous thing in the world.
    – Submitted by Sou C (23 months ago)
    1. Geraldine: New things get old.
    – Submitted by Lauren S (2 years ago)
    1. Geraldine: Life has a gap in it... It just does. You don't go crazy trying to fill it.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Geraldine: You're good news. You know that?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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