You are hereby advised to ignore the bad reviews and check out this fairly stunning meditation on life, love, and friendship. Far from the Nicholas Sparks-style weepie some describe, One Day is, rather, an ambitious whirlwind tour through twenty-five years of a person’s life, with all of its ups and downs, prides, shames, joys, tragedies and regrets conveyed glancingly or just inferred as the film relentlessly motors forward in time. Sometimes this approach involves some clunky expository dialogue, but more often than not it allows for piercing, heartbreaking moments of truth: the scene where Dexter (Jim Sturgess) tells his best friend Emma (Anne Hathaway) that he’s getting married and, after a beat, she offers a lame joke that goes over like a lead balloon; the part where Dexter’s mom turns off Dexter’s TV show in disgust, and to his horror. Dozens of these little nuggets pool and collect into something greater than the sum of its parts. Beautifully shot and acted, One Day is one of my favorites of the summer; it’s also far superior to director Lone Scherfig’s schematic, unconvincing An Education.
— Eugene Novikov