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  • Summary: Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their college graduation – July 15th, 1988. 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, every July 15th reveals to us how "Em" and "Dex" are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing of the years. Through love and loss, heartbreak and success, hopes fulfilled and dreams shattered, they experience the grandeur of life. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. (Focus Features) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Aug 18, 2011
    One Day is a beautiful movie, but beautiful in a way that life often is, not movies. Nothing is sudden or easy, either for the characters or for the audience, and there are no thunderbolts from the blue.
  2. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Aug 17, 2011
    Danish director Lone Scherfig skillfully adapts David Nicholls' best-selling romantic novel to the screen.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 19, 2011
    A movie that wants to be a crowd-pleasing romantic comedy at times and a weighty drama at others. It ends up being an imperfect blend of both.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 17, 2011
    This episodic romance works in fits and starts, and captures a bittersweet faux British turn by Anne Hathaway, plainly mismatched in being paired with real-life Brit Jim Sturgess.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Aug 18, 2011
    Even in the skillful hands of director Lone Scherfig, the effect is disjointed. The characters that Nicholls brought so cunningly to life in the book feel rushed through a timeline, tied to an agenda.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Aug 17, 2011
    A drippy, uninvolving movie adaptation.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Nov 30, 2011
    This movie is inherently tragic. Both protagonists are searching happiness and fulfillment, but cannot find it. Meanwhile, life goes on. I sometimes ask people if their lives look like they had imagined it twenty years ago, and pretty much everyone chokes. This is exactly what this movie does, it makes you choke. I can think of only one remedy: increase the level of energy necessary to make your dreams come true, never ever give up, and screw everything else. Expand
  2. May 26, 2012
    This movie is amazing, I enjoyed it a lot. The location, the actors, the bittersweet feelings. A movie that makes me laugh and cry.. this movies is incredible. It deserves a higher score. Expand
  3. Sep 14, 2011
    I'm shocked at how much justice this did to the book and for that, it's a hugely commendable film. The acting was fantastic and it's a major enjoyable Sunday evening film. Expand
  4. Sep 12, 2011
    Skip-it - It's refreshing to see some apt plot twists in a romdramcom, but the book is much more affective than this script - which even Anne Hathaway can't influence. Expand
  5. Dec 1, 2011
    Sadly this misses all the way around. Anne Hathaway's accent is horrid and it never gets better during the entire film. Her performance is pretty damn good but that accent kills it. There are gaps in the screenplay that make you scratch your head for a moment. The very sad thing is that Patricia Clarkson who is excellent in the few scenes she is on the screen is for the most part wasted by the director. Scherfig lost control or vision with this project. Expand
  6. Jul 15, 2013
    One Day is a fairly entertaining romance drama all the way up until it's final reel. It's well shot, with some fun references to 90's culture. That said, the movie spreads itself too thin by covering such a huge 23 year time-span. There just isn't much detail covered here. Then the ending totally sinks the ship, leaving the picture feeling pointless and mean-spirited. Expand
  7. Aug 26, 2011
    Alright first off i never saw myself seeing this movie but i had to because its what my girlfriend and her friends chose and i knew from the start my night was over then. This movie sucked, it was seriously boring, i couldnt even believe how much this movie sucked. The only reason i give it a 1 is because Anne Hathaway was in it and shes a good actress but this movie was definitely not her best. This movie was boring, stupid and the ending is really tragic. The story was dumb and made no sense at all. I didnt enjoy one secomd of this film, dont see this unless you wish to kill yourself with a stupid, tragic, horribly made romantic film with a dumb story, BOMB Expand

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