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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.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"For everyone who's grown tired of the summer onslaught of superheroes, save-the-world plots and explosions, Hollywood finally offers some decent counter-programming in the form of the brainy romance One Day."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"An average romantic dramedy, 'One Day' tips its hand so early in the game that you won't be a bit surprised by anything that ensues."
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
"The leads work well together but are held back by cheap sentimentalism when we should be on a journey with the characters."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"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."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Ends better than it begins -- or middles."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
" can't help feeling this dreary tale could have done with a bit of fancy editing or narrative reconstruction."
‑ James Croot,
"Such a simple and small premise would and should yield a simple and small movie -- something not so heavy and epic, but more lovely and amazing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's what a Nicholas Sparks movie would be if it were aimed at grown women rather than teenage girls."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Director Lone Scherfig, working from Nicholls's screenplay, takes a big step back here from An Education, her last film"
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"I couldn't help but feel the film was lent shades of colour by the book; colour that simply doesn't exist on the screen. I projected 435 pages of joy onto a film that probably didn't deserve it."
‑ Ali Gray,
"The most entertaining and engrossing romantic film to hit theaters in ages..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Sherfig's visual knack is better than she realizes; she should stop dressing it up within an inch of its life."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
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