Take This Waltz Reviews

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Chase Whale
Film.com
August 29, 2013
Take This Waltz is a Remarkable, Offbeat Love Story
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
August 14, 2012
A hard-headed, generous film about love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 16, 2012
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.
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 13, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 12, 2012
[It] often feels thin and self-conscious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 12, 2012
Both the small moments and the end product of Waltz are quietly sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 12, 2012
If uncompromising honesty is the quality you seek for a film, Michelle Williams is your go-to star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 12, 2012
Polley wonders the same thing in nearly every scene, no matter who's in it. Is a comfortable marriage really marriage enough?
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 12, 2012
I have great admiration for [Williams] as an actress, but this story might have been better told with a less lovable star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 6, 2012
Margot comes across as such an elusive and unsympathetic twit that you wonder why we should care about her.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 6, 2012
In the end, it's a story of misplaced faith. In what? Not love exactly, but in the rush of infatuation, and the illusion that this feeling can be maintained, indefinitely, without crashing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 5, 2012
At its worst, Polley's style veers toward the cornball. Yet, in the broad outlines of her story, she has clearly created something with a lot of hard truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 5, 2012
Take This Waltz and shove it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 5, 2012
A color-drenched story of lust, love, and infidelity, it suffers from a vagueness that may be the point but that feels accidental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 5, 2012
In "Take This Waltz," Polley doesn't fill the gap. She just makes life on either side of it both attractive and a drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 3, 2012
Unfortunately for Polley, Take This Waltz is a good film serving mainly to remind us that Away From Her is a great one.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 2, 2012
Your best option, perhaps, is to zone out from the implausible kinks in the setup... This will leave you free to savor the compositions and the melted-candy color schemes.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 2, 2012
This romantic drama, starring the always-extraordinary Michelle Williams as a restless married woman contemplating an affair with her neighbor, is chock-full of individual moments of great power and beauty, including visual beauty.
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William Goss
Film.com
June 29, 2012
Boasts many keenly felt moments, but it's never quite more than the sum of its admittedly tender parts.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 29, 2012
The premise is undermined by casual pacing and a protagonist who seems not 28, but 18, or younger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 29, 2012
It's about ... the realization that sometimes, before you can learn anything about other people, you need to learn something about yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
June 29, 2012
This movie is bathed in bright hues with a sweaty haze; it feels lush, almost overripe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 28, 2012
Ms. Polley, as a writer, a director of actors and a constructor of images, excels at managing the idiosyncrasies and contradictions of her characters so that our knowledge of them is both intimate and mined with potential surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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June 28, 2012
The film weaves a spell as inchoate as Margot's discontent.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 28, 2012
Brilliant performances in a smart, insightful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 28, 2012
It's a shame Polley drowns the vitally mundane in so much indie quirk, because her committed leads work hard to create a touching familiarity together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 28, 2012
A play of love and lust that evolves on patches of steamy pavement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 28, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 26, 2012
Thoughtfully probes the pitfalls of coupledom and third-party threats.
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 26, 2012
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 25, 2012
Take This Waltz takes a wrong term late in the proceedings as it hammers home a central theme in a hurried and awkward manner, but the film's emotional truth and honesty allows us to forgive a great many flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 15, 2011
"Take This Waltz" is frank, erotic, often very funny and sometimes startling, with an underlying tragic sensibility.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 14, 2011
Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen both hit career highs as a Toronto married couple smothered by their own coziness. But somehow, the material doesn't seem ambitious enough for Polley.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2011
This sophomore feature is a stumble backwards in terms of maturity.