Chicago Sun-Times - 08/17/2011 3 stars out of 4 -- "ONE DAY has style, freshness, and witty bantering dialogue."
USA Today - 08/26/2011
"[S]urprisingly profound....The central concept, so absorbing as a literary device, translates surprisingly well to the screen."
Hollywood Reporter - 08/17/2011
"Scherfig makes the most of each segment, cleverly introduced by on-screen titles that blend into each new scene. She zeroes in on quick dialogue exchanges or transitional elements to establish new situations and priorities..."
Total Film - 09/01/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Hathaway] brings a vulnerable edge to her prickly character....ONE DAY isn't a story about the big moments -- it's about the almost-moments, the near misses..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2011
"Scherfig's polished period piece smoothes out some of the novel's rougher edges...but also infuses it with the same warmth, wit and understatement the director brought to her 2008 adaptation of Lynn Barber's AN EDUCATION."
Adapted from author David Nicholls' critically acclaimed novel of the same name, director Lone Scherfig's ONE DAY stars Anne Hathaway as a principled working-class girl who forges a unique bond with a wealthy jet-setter that spans two decades. July 15, 1988: Emma (Hathaway) is about to enter the real world. An idealist from humble upbringings, she dreams of making the world a better place for everyone. On the night of her graduation, Emma (Hathaway) meets Dexter (Jim Sturgess), a wealthy flirt without a care in the world. Dexter is also graduating, though unlike Emma he looks forward to a future of comfort and privilege. By checking back with Emma and Dexter every July 15th for the next 20 years, we experience their happiness, hardships, and heartache as they strive to live out their dreams, and find meaning in a world that's constantly changing.