Focus Features | Release Date: August 19, 2011
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TokyochuchuJul 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 justOne 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
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NJWolfgangDec 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 scratchSadly 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
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RyanPrattSep 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.
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ShiiraSep 25, 2011
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One day, a young man from America, on a layover in Vienna, having sensed some connection with a sublime French girl he enjoyed chatting with, who, as serendipity would have it, changed seats when an arguing couple had disturbed the bilingual nymph's reading, would convince the near-stranger to follow him and continue their easy flirtation and banter, while the train pulled out of Austria without her. According to the ephemeral lovers, it was July 16 in Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise", just a 24-hour differential from July 15, 1992 in "One Day", the year that Dexter, a budding a**hole, convinces his best friend, a budding writer, to go on holiday with him. This invitation comes in the nick of time, since Emma's job as the manager of a greasy-looking Tex-Mex restaurant is just about ready to kill her. While Celine was visiting her grandmother in Budapest, and Jessie, gauzy and infinitesimal from wandering around Italy like a transitory jilted love, unaware of what fate would await him, the Edinburgh graduates were in their third year of a platonic relationship, mostly due to the blue blood playboy's assessment of Emma, who lacks the proper lineage and refinement. The working-class girl, wrongly thinking that their "just friends" status was her idea, sets up rules in the car, which she, nevertheless, hopes Dex will break during the course of their vacation. Chronologically, "One Day" begins in 1998, six years after Dex almost declares his love for Emma while skinny-dipping in a man-made lagoon. This explains why the then-struggling novelist would swim regularly in public pools. Being water-bound, being wet and chlorinated, for Emma, who passes the time with an unfunny stand-up comedian she doesn't love, puts her in communion with that sensual night in the partitioned brine where Dex almost put class differences aside and finally started being honest with himself. It's the best she can do during the intervening years that the star-crossed friends part company, on account of the talk show host's many demons. If only Emma had better musical taste. Ten years earlier, had it not been for a fatal mistake in setting the right romantic mood for a dormitory room tryst, when she sets the needle down on "Talkin' Bout a Revolution", Tracy Chapman's rabble-rousing call for a poor people's insurrection against bourgeoisie types like Dex. Indeed, he heeds the singer-songwriter's warning to "run...," while Emma, the amateur seductress, brushes her teeth for a man that feels nothing about the great unwashed "standing in the welfare lines". Because she had missed Dex's attempt to sneak out of the room, as a consequence, the gawky woman with the dubious pedigree would resign herself to being his personal stooge. If only Emma knew how close he came to humiliating her former novice lover-self. Jessie would put up with Tracy Chapman. Just hear the music he has to put up with. Making up the itinerary as they go along, the improvising tourists end up at a record shop, where in the listening booth, Celine cues up Kath Bloom's "Come Here", which isn't Jessie's cup of tea at all, but the folk singer's lilting voice starts to work on the American, and in an instant, he falls irrevocably in love with the strange girl, whom initially, he probably just wanted to seduce. As day turns to night, they find an outdoor cafe, and while they talk and drink coffee, a fortune teller approaches their table, then proceeds to read Celine's palm. After the old woman leaves, the cynical American, so eager to unmask the hag as a charlatan, enacts his idea of an honest palm reading, predicting Celine's future with uncanny accuracy, since in "Before Sunset", her days indeed had become "a tedious collection of hours," but she has only herself to blame. Whereas Dex has social class issues, Celine had dismissed Jessie for being American. She cursed herself. In all likelihood, Celine probably made up the story about why she missed their appointed rendezvous in December on that same Viennese railway. Even before Celine's reservations about the US calcified into a hardline anti-American stance, you hear the snobbery in her younger self when she lampoons our collective persona during the club scene with the pretend phones. Celine all but admits her mistake when she tells Jessie, "...you just believe they'll be many people whom you'll connect with," adding, with a grimmer face, that "later in life, you realize it only happens a few times." For Dex too, "young and stupid" like Celine, it only dawns on him later in life how he missed out on true love, due to his petty prejudices. He could have written the waltz. When Celine sings, "It was for you just a one-night thing," the performer actually means "me", since it was she who had wrongly dismissed the idea of eternity in a day. Dexter knows the feeling. As a result, both Jessie and Emma wrote about the great loves of their lives, so careless in handling hearts. Expand
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HfahmyOct 14, 2011
In 1988 Emma played by Anne Hathaway and Dexter played by Jim Sturgess meet in her apartment to celebrate their graduation, they don't make love but decide to have their friendship kept. Till 2006 they try to make a life socially andIn 1988 Emma played by Anne Hathaway and Dexter played by Jim Sturgess meet in her apartment to celebrate their graduation, they don't make love but decide to have their friendship kept. Till 2006 they try to make a life socially and professionally. He fails at both levels, he loses his job and get divorced after having a baby girl. On the other track Emma works in a restaurant and later becomes a writer, socially she never finds real love. Both are in contact, even when apart for 16 years, till 2004 where they come to live together again. She cannot have a baby from him and is killed in 2006 when run over by a bus while riding her bike. The script is boring, the audience has to count the years one by one from 1988 to 2006. No real events or attraction for most of the 108 min, the years count may be faster, even the death of Emma is not justified unless it is meant as a shock to wake everybody up. Globally bad and disappointing movie. Expand
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CraigAug 31, 2011
While the characters seemed very real, likeable and down-to-earth, there seemed to be something missing from the film - it felt very flat. The two main characters' up-and-down relationship does gain a lot of empathy with the audience, andWhile the characters seemed very real, likeable and down-to-earth, there seemed to be something missing from the film - it felt very flat. The two main characters' up-and-down relationship does gain a lot of empathy with the audience, and you're almost willing them to hurry up and be together. It's a great story about loving someone who doesn't really feel the same way and so is easily relatable. The style is quite unique too, spanning events that happen on a certain date over 13 years. And this is also the film's downfall - there's not much time to get to know the characters and the consequences of their actions in that one day time frame. The themes are also very universal - the struggle to find happiness in life and in oneself, and the all too hard search for love. Some great performances, especially by Jim Sturgess. Anne Hathaway's accent is a bit hit-and-miss, one minute being quite "BBC English" then going northern. Not a soppy rom-com film either, which I was expecting, but brings more feelings of nostalgia than anything - maybe that's why it stirs up emotions of regret than anything else and makes you think more about how your own life is shaping up..... Expand
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rafael14Aug 10, 2012
this is movie is very tragic and for me it too much because don't need a lot of thing and other thing that there is no why because them only see one time a year, i know that the story is about but there is many others opicion but ok
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AlambnaDec 16, 2011
Anne Hathaway's accent is horrible, but that did not kill the movie for me. There was more missing from this movie than just a proper accent. The acting isn't bad, in fact it is often very good, particularly on Sturgess's part.... theAnne Hathaway's accent is horrible, but that did not kill the movie for me. There was more missing from this movie than just a proper accent. The acting isn't bad, in fact it is often very good, particularly on Sturgess's part.... the setting, the costumes, the way the film is shot, the cinematography... all good. However, the chemistry between the actors was nonexistent, which is a huge problem in a film that is all about the chemistry between the two main characters. While Anne Hathaway can sometimes act, she isn't very enthralling or charismatic generally, and less so in this film. And so, in this movie, where her character is a bit of a bore and a prude, it just became hard to care about her at all. Nor could I understand why the Jim Sturgess character was so in love with her.... I think if they had cast an actress with more spark and personality, not to mention a better accent, this movie would have had so been so much better. Instead, I didn't feel much for this movie. Expand
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Vanessa_SFeb 16, 2012
I just saw the film last night. Some scenes of the movie are beautiful. But they still don't make it a good film. What is the film trying to tell us? I don't really get it. Some conversations are boring, and I nearly fell asleep. And how canI just saw the film last night. Some scenes of the movie are beautiful. But they still don't make it a good film. What is the film trying to tell us? I don't really get it. Some conversations are boring, and I nearly fell asleep. And how can Emma DIE that way at last? It's just not logic. Anne Hathaway has done great work in The Devil wears Prada, but not this time. If you want to see some romantic movies, don't waste your time to see this one, Midnight in Paris will be a good choice for you. Expand
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FilmisFeb 13, 2013
An average movie, would not recommend it, it claims to be a love story but at no point watching it did I care or find myself rooting for either of the main characters. Since seeing Les Miserables I now know the true strength of AnneAn average movie, would not recommend it, it claims to be a love story but at no point watching it did I care or find myself rooting for either of the main characters. Since seeing Les Miserables I now know the true strength of Anne Hathaway's acting skills but this this film does nothing for her but showcase her bad Yorkshire accent Expand
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