Critics Say This ‘Charming’ New Netflix Rom-Com Will Be Your Next Binge-Watch

Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall as Emma and Dexter in One DayAmbika Mod and Leo Woodall as Emma and Dexter in One Day

More than a decade after David Nicholl’s divisive film adaptation of One Day hit cinemas, a new version of the much-loved story is coming to our screens.

The novel has been turned into a new miniseries for Netflix, starring The White Lotus’ Leo Woodall and This Is Going To Hurt’s Ambika Mod as leads Dexter and Emma.

One Day will start streaming on Friday February 9, and early reviews suggest it’s perfect for rom-com fans looking for something new to binge-watch.

Here’s a selection of what critics are saying about it so far…

BBC Culture (5/5)

“There has been debate recently about whether the golden era of high-quality prestige TV is over. One Day is here to tell you that it’s not over yet. It will make you laugh, a lot. It will definitely make you cry, a lot. Watch out.”


“This week’s pick… there’s a wistful melancholy about the ebb of youth, with particularly enjoyable performances from Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall.”

iNews (4/5)

“Even though it is very intimate, One Day is really fun to watch. It’s just the right side of cheesy and totally adorable. I found myself leaning into the romance of it all and rooting for Em and Dex (the series is so intimate that it makes you feel close enough to the couple to share their nicknames). In the end, I broke down.”

Standard (4/5)

“Despite its flaws, it would be a shame not to deliver this gorgeous, smarter-than-most, rom-com; it’s a perfect, bright watch for a dreary February that builds enough emotional weight that, despite knowing the plot, I still cried at all the necessary moments.”

Telegraph (4/5)

“Fans of the novels will love this series, adapted by Three Girls author Nicole Taylor. This is Netflix’s most exciting offering since Emily in Paris – deep as a puddle in a dry season, but sometimes isn’t that what you want?”

Digital Spy (3/5)

“Spreading the story contained in a 107-minute film into 14 episodes feels like the bloated TV effort we might expect from Netflix, but it’s fun to linger in the pre-social media, pre-2008, pre-Brexit world of eternal summer. The glasses are pink, yes, but sober and fitting.”

Independent (3/5)

“Despite the increasingly in-depth coverage their relationship received, the show never managed to pack a real emotional punch. Those who see a film of this tear-jerking quality will find the show heavy on the petty anguish of early career life, and lighter on the undercurrents of romance than the star-crossed source material.

Radio Times

“Ultimately, Netflix’s One Day lacks the charm of Nicholls’ One Day… There will be many viewers who enjoy this, this is just one opinion, but if you want to immerse yourself in the story of Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, just read the book.”

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