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One Day Reviews

September 2, 2011
Danish director Lone Scherfig (An Education) deliberately veers away from comedy to deliver a surprisingly earthy, soulful romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 26, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 24, 2011
A slushy, mawkish and weirdly humourless romance with a sub-Richard Curtis style and more endings than Lord of the Rings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 24, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 23, 2011
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.
August 19, 2011
It's what a Nicholas Sparks movie would be if it were aimed at grown women rather than teenage girls.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 19, 2011
The result is a rom-com with ambition, keen to actually develop the characters and to mix a few tears with the laughs. Well, the effort is admirable, the movie not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 19, 2011
Miscasting aside, there's simply very little excitement to the film since you can see where it's going -- chances are even just by reading this review -- right from the start.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 19, 2011
Director Lone Scherfig, working from Nicholls's screenplay, takes a big step back here from An Education, her last film
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 19, 2011
Few films "get" the strange, intertwining bonds of affection quite so effortlessly, although the episodic structure keeps the drama from flowing nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2011
Nicholls has proven a faithful shepherd to his fictional creations, who banter and rant at each other with the practiced elan of the aging couple they're clearly meant to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 19, 2011
As 1992 rolls around, a sense of dread sets in: Are they really going to do every single year?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 19, 2011
Long before the credits roll, you may find yourself wishing your life could flash before your eyes, to end the monotony of this relentless turning of calendar pages.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 19, 2011
Amid sharp banter, the film poignantly captures how lives meander and take unexpected turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 19, 2011
There are no sparks whatsoever, and that's always a deal-breaker for me in romantic films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 19, 2011
Perhaps one day, Hathaway and Sturgess will reunite in a more emotionally satisfying romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 18, 2011
As so often happens with love, what you hope for is not even close to what you get, and in this case we are left with a heartbreaking disappointment of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 18, 2011
"One Day" is a beautiful movie, but beautiful in a way that life often is, not movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 18, 2011
For much of its running time it somehow fails to capture what makes the book work so well.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
August 18, 2011
No popular storyteller ever went broke stoking the undying female fantasy that if a good woman puts her mind to it, a heel can always be brought to heel.
August 18, 2011
Watchable but not very gripping.
August 18, 2011
The movie's content and style generate all the synergy of fingernails and blackboard.
August 18, 2011
The performances are overeager. Particularly distracting is Hathaway's accent, which is less Yorkshire than New York.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 18, 2011
You could definitely call it awful, and I'm about to do so, repeatedly and effusively.
August 18, 2011
This tear-jerking twaddle, adapted by David Nicholls from his 2009 bestseller, is nearly as bad as Anne Hathaway's British accent, which is heading for infamy.
Read More | Original Score: .5/4
August 18, 2011
A miscast, underwritten, drably directed adaptation of a very popular novel, it's the feel-bad film of the summer and an almost perfect example of how not to turn a book into a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 18, 2011
The characters that Nicholls brought so cunningly to life in the book feel rushed through a timeline, tied to an agenda.
August 18, 2011
One Day turns out to be less about enjoying a traditional happy ending than an admonishment to stop wasting time, get on with the business of living and enjoy every single moment with the ones you love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2011
When a movie inflates the importance of a love story that is predominantly comic in tone, even with a fair share of grief and loss built into the plot, that love story takes on more than it can handle.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 18, 2011
"One Day" turns an episodic story into an anthology of feelings and associations, many familiar, a few surprising, some embarrassing and one or two worth holding onto.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 18, 2011
The movie maintains a sour undercurrent of emotional imbalance, as Sturgess' neediness and hatefulness dominate the story, even as he remains the more dynamic and protean personality.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 18, 2011
In a season of movies dumb and dumber, "One Day" has style, freshness, and witty bantering dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 17, 2011
Anne Hathaway's faux British accent might be the first obvious conceit in "One Day," but not its most cumbersome. That distinction belongs to the eponymous structure.
August 17, 2011
We simply zoom in and zoom out of the characters' lives rather than develop any kind of emotional attachment to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 17, 2011
The leads are so lightweight and barely-there that a stiff breeze in the projection booth could make them disappear entirely.
August 17, 2011
Hathaway and Sturgess lack the chemistry to make us yearn to see them together. They're all wrong for each other physically, tonally, logically, which only makes "One Day" feel a whole lot longer.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 17, 2011
It's a frustrating film, never light enough on its feet to be cute, never heartfelt enough to achieve "You had me at 'Hello.'"
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 17, 2011
An unusual but ultimately successful piecemeal approach to romantic drama that follows a couple on the same day for each of 20 years.
August 17, 2011
On a moment-by-moment basis, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess make this long-arc love story viable, sometimes even vital. But the structural conceit proves more reductive than expansive.
August 17, 2011
Scherfig demonstrated her ability to infuse a talky script with plenty of wordless mood in An Education. But in One Day, the words - many of them taken directly from the book - are never convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 17, 2011
The film falls into every trap of literary adaptation. It's rushed, superficial, unmoving, full of characters explaining the plot to one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 17, 2011
It's a sweet, harmless, meandering tale with an engaging gimmick, but a great love story -- or a great movie -- it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 16, 2011
"Sense of humor is overrated," Emma says at one point, and while she means it ironically, the true irony is that One Day's sense of humor is sorely lacking.