Take This Waltz


Take This Waltz

Critics Consensus

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 fruit, Take This Waltz leads us, laughing, through the familiar, but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Take This Waltz

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  • Take This Waltz is a Remarkable, Offbeat Love Story

    Aug 29, 2013 | Full Review…

    Chase Whale

    Top Critic
  • Committed and resonant, Take This Waltz gets under your skin - and feels a lot like the work of an auteur in the making.

    Aug 16, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Basically pretty humourless, considering that sharp comics Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman are in the cast, clearly doing their level best as actors. But there's no air for them to breathe.

    Aug 16, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A hard-headed, generous film about love.

    Aug 14, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jul 16, 2012
  • 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.

    Jul 13, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Take This Waltz

  • Nov 16, 2015
    A young wife in a stagnant marriage is excited by the possibility of romance with a stranger. Sarah Polley delivers a capable tale, told in warm colors and cool music, of awakening, forbidden love, if w/o anything truly different to bring to the table. Michelle Williams carries the thing almost solely with the use of her big eyes, although the rest of the cast is competent enough. Seth Rogan is good, too, and nowhere near as annoying as he usually is.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2014
    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.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2013
    Watched it but don't remember it.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2013
    See, this is why comedians shouldn't be allowed in a serious movie! Very slow moving--nothing in the first ten minutes made any sense whatsoever. You mean this hot guy lives across the street from the lead and SHE NEVER NOTICED until they share a cab from the airport? The repartee Lou and Margot have in bed is so unbelievable--"I love you so much I want to inject your face with ebola and aids"--is so Seth Rogen, and I actually think he's funny, but not here please.
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer

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