Take This Waltz is a Remarkable, Offbeat Love Story
Chase Whale, Film.com, 2013-08-29
A hard-headed, generous film about love.
Cath Clarke, Time Out, 2012-08-14
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.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press, 2012-07-16
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.
John Anderson, Newsday, 2012-07-13
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.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2012-07-12
Both the small moments and the end product of Waltz are quietly sublime.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2012-07-12
If uncompromising honesty is the quality you seek for a film, Michelle Williams is your go-to star.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2012-07-12
Polley wonders the same thing in nearly every scene, no matter who's in it. Is a comfortable marriage really marriage enough?
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2012-07-12
I have great admiration for [Williams] as an actress, but this story might have been better told with a less lovable star.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2012-07-12
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.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2012-07-06
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.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2012-07-05
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.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2012-07-05
In "Take This Waltz," Polley doesn't fill the gap. She just makes life on either side of it both attractive and a drag.
Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012-07-05
Unfortunately for Polley, Take This Waltz is a good film serving mainly to remind us that Away From Her is a great one.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2012-07-03
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.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 2012-07-02
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.
Dana Stevens, Slate, 2012-07-02
[It] often feels thin and self-conscious.
John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2012-07-12
Margot comes across as such an elusive and unsympathetic twit that you wonder why we should care about her.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2012-07-06
Take This Waltz and shove it.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2012-07-05
A color-drenched story of lust, love, and infidelity, it suffers from a vagueness that may be the point but that feels accidental.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2012-07-05