Take This Waltz

Filmed in Toronto, this intimate, unflashy romantic drama portrays a happily married woman who experiences a sudden and strong desire for another man. Further complicating the situation, the object of her desire resides just across the street.
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Netflix Rating: 3.4
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 78%
Critics' score: 78   Audience score: 59   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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. full review

Christy Lemire, Associated Press

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

John Anderson, Newsday

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

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

Both the small moments and the end product of Waltz are quietly sublime. full review

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

If uncompromising honesty is the quality you seek for a film, Michelle Williams is your go-to star. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

Polley wonders the same thing in nearly every scene, no matter who's in it. Is a comfortable marriage really marriage enough? full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

I have great admiration for [Williams] as an actress, but this story might have been better told with a less lovable star. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Margot comes across as such an elusive and unsympathetic twit that you wonder why we should care about her. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

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

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

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

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Take This Waltz and shove it. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

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

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

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

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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

Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Unfortunately for Polley, Take This Waltz is a good film serving mainly to remind us that Away From Her is a great one. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

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. full review

Anthony Lane, New Yorker

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. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

Boasts many keenly felt moments, but it's never quite more than the sum of its admittedly tender parts. full review

William Goss,

The premise is undermined by casual pacing and a protagonist who seems not 28, but 18, or younger. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

It's about ... the realization that sometimes, before you can learn anything about other people, you need to learn something about yourself. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 116 min
  • Available From: Nov 23, 2012
  • Queued by: 780 people
Directed By
Sarah Polley
Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Podemski, Diane D'Aquila

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