Conclusion: If my review of One Day strikes you as harsh, might I direct you to my colleague's theatrical review . Suffice it to say, neither Brian nor I enjoyed Scherfig's followup to An Education , not even remotely. But to each his (or her) own.
Excerpt: While I wasn’t familiar with the original novel by David Nicholls, I was willing to give “One Day” a try. And as the movie progressed, I found myself actually enjoying it. The idea of revisiting two characters on one day each year was a clever way to tell a story.
Conclusion: Not being a fan of the typical cliche-filled romantic dramas of our time, I certainly didn't expect to enjoy 'One Day.' And while it's not the greatest love story out there, it's a lot better than most.
Excerpt: Emma and Dexter are the kind of best friends a thousand romantic comedies are made of. A straight man and a straight woman who almost got it on during college, but regressed into a friendship that remains forthrightly, awkwardly platonic over the years.
Excerpt: The perversity of One Day is that it’s structured as the story of two people in a When Harry Met Sally -like friends-who-could-be-more relationship, yet it ultimately turns out to be something much less: the story of a boy and his saintly support network.
Summary: Though anchored by its appealing leads and directed by Lone Scherfig with customary snap and polish, "One Day" rather too dutifully chronicles the 20-year relationship between two smart, attractive Brits.