One Day


One Day

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Despite some fresh narrative twists, One Day lacks the emotion, depth, or insight of its bestselling source material.



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After one day together - July 15th, 1988, their college graduation - Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess) begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dex and Em through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself. -- (C) Focus Features

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Tom Mison
as Callum
Tim Key
as Customer
Ken Stott
as Steven
Heida Reed
as Ingrid
Gil Alma
as Waiter
David Ajala
as Floor Manager
Lorna Gayle
as Mrs. Major
Clara Paget
as Cocktail Waitress
Diana Kent
as Mrs. Cope
Toby Regbo
as Samuel Cope
Eden Mengelgrein
as Jasmine (2001)
Kayla Mengelgrein
as Jasmine (2001)
Sienna Poppy-Rodgers
as Teenager on Eurostar
Matthew Beard
as Murray Cope
Sebastien Dupuis
as Jean-Pierre
Maisie Fishbourne
as Jasmine (2005)
Phoebe Fox
as Nightclub Girl
Emilia Jones
as Jasmine (2007 and 2011)
Joanna Ampil
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for One Day

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (43)

  • Danish director Lone Scherfig (An Education) deliberately veers away from comedy to deliver a surprisingly earthy, soulful romance.

    Sep 2, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If middle-class existentialism is not your cup of tea, no amount of charm and nineties' fashion is going to save this film from seeming pomp.

    Aug 26, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A slushy, mawkish and weirdly humourless romance with a sub-Richard Curtis style and more endings than Lord of the Rings.

    Aug 24, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The film might make the book look less astute and interesting than it is, but it still has an undeniable emotional wallop by its close.

    Aug 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • One Day is just a gimmicky "new" way of doing an old-fashioned love story. But we'll hear much more of Sturgess, Hathaway, and Lone Scherfig.

    Aug 23, 2011 | Full Review…
  • It's what a Nicholas Sparks movie would be if it were aimed at grown women rather than teenage girls.

    Aug 19, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for One Day


A touching story with a beautiful score, impeccable makeup and captivating characters that really grow on us as we catch up with them once in a year for such a long period of time - although it is just a pity that in the end it reuses a typical melodramatic cliché of romances.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The story of one significant day in the lives of two friends over many years is told in such quick flashes that anything resembling emotional attachment to its characters dissipates with the fog of these lazy transitions. These two numbskulls meet at their college graduation and proceed to remain friends for a significant number of years. Looking at the same day every day for twenty years the film tries to delve into the neurosis of the two and show that they are meant to be together. Neither of these characters is very likable, interesting, or entertaining, because both of them are selfish, both are juvenile in the way they show their emotions, and both never seem to learn from their various mistakes. Emma (Hathaway) ruins her life, falls for the wrong man and settles, and loses any respect for her former friend. In confluence Dexter (Sturgess) sells out, becomes a drug addict, and loses any self-respect. Some things change over the years, but really it's about long term change over a period of time. These drawn out storylines last years and years and don't entertain, mostly because their sorrows revolve around their own morbid senses of self-worth. Over the years they may grow closer together, but there's no buildup to their inevitable relationship. It's one scene, that only shows how shallow and beaten down Emma is to finally fall for Dexter's shtick. The rest of the movie results in a bunch of jumbled, half-thought out ideas that result in a lackluster ending. There's just no heart to this film, no chemistry between the two leads, and no decent ending to tie it together, just false sentimentalities to make up for a film that steers nowhere. Anyone would agree there's really nothing to love in this love story.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


While there's certainly innovation here and I generally enjoy romantic films (and I certainly enjoyed this one), I have to admit that there's something lacking in the way it ended. The actors did as best they could with the material but maybe it's just that mushy-cushy feeling and predictability you always get with these films that sometimes just doesn't cut it for me.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Well i can't say i had high hopes for this movie, mainly because of the poor ratings and reviews, i haven't read the book so lucky for me i didnt have anything to compare it to! But apart from it being a bit bleak and me disliking Dexter Mayhew as a character its an okay Romantic drama with Hathaway even bringing some light comedy to it! For the faults of the movie, where it may have been directed better and more emotion put into the movie as there was potential for it to be tragic, cryfest romantic drama but it failed to capture that emotion and pass it across to the audience, that all said i think Hathaway should get plus points for her acting, she was funny, and gorgeous as ever and did a remarkably believable and good english accent that so many other american actors fail to accomplish! It is my type of Romantic movie because its not all lovey dovey with the two main characters hopelessly in love and nothing bad happens and they live happily ever after, which is just unrealistic this movie is more honest and although i didnt think Mayhew deserved Emma its still a sweet enough romantic drama not the best but certainly not the worst i would say its worth a watch even if it is only the once!

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