Critics attack Hathaway’s ‘awful’ Yorkshire accent

Aug 19, 2011
Ben Riley-Smith

New Yorker’s attempts to act English in ‘One Day’ draw anger and ridicule from reviewers

Anne Hathaway may be one of Hollywood's most prized starlets, but that hasn't stopped critics pouring scorn on the New Yorker's attempts to put on an English accent for the movie adaptation of the award-winning novel One Day.
Right from the off there were murmurs of dissent when Brooklyn-born Hathaway was picked to play Emma Morely, the idealistic lass from Yorkshire whose stuttering romance with Dexter Mayhew formed the basis of David Nicholls's original book. Now, with the film to be released next week, those suspicions have been confirmed by critics.
For Kate Muir of the Times, the accent "veers between American, mockney and Yorkshire".  Slamming Hathaway's "awful" attempts at a northern drawl, Muir concludes: "Every time you get sucked in by the sharp wit and observation of the film, Hathaway destroys the mood."
Karina Longworth of the Village Voice calls Hathaway's accent "dodgy" and "hodgepodge", while Total Film's Emma Dibdin suggests Hathaway must have spent time at the 'School of Mix 'n' Match Accents', such is her ability to swing from "broad Yorkshire to RP within scenes".
For Caroline Frost of the Huffington Post, it ruined the film. "I was so distracted, wondering what version of the mother tongue she was going to attempt next...  I actually forgot to cry. Which was a shame, as it's a corker of a tale."

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