The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) Reviews

June 2, 2017
J.P. Passi's hand-held black-and-white cinematography cries out for big-screen viewing.
May 10, 2017
This is a very small film, with a big heart.
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April 21, 2017
How endearing to encounter a sports movie, if it can even be called that, that prints the man instead of his legend.
April 21, 2017
Mki is played by the small, sinewy, mildly puzzled Jarkko Lahti; the wonderfully warm Oona Airola plays his fiance, Raija. The black-and-white film pays careful attention to period detail and character, and less to the blood, sweat and tears.
April 21, 2017
A lesson for our time? I can only hope.
April 20, 2017
For the most part, that willingness to scale down and not go for the big, dramatic knockout ends up being refreshing. But it also occasionally results in a lack of dramatic urgency.
April 20, 2017
"The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" is a lovely piece of work, a sweet, warmly observed tale overlaid with just the right amount of Scandinavian melancholy, a combination that perfectly suits its quietly engaging protagonist.
April 20, 2017
"The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki" deepens quietly. This is Mr. Kuosmanen's first feature (he has directed a few shorts), and if he had any rookie jitters you wouldn't know it.
April 20, 2017
A gentle, shrewd, somehow mysterious love story, based on real life, beautifully photographed in luminous black-and-white and drawing inspiration from Scorsese and Truffaut.
April 18, 2017
Olli Mki isn't a knockout, but it does go the distance.
April 18, 2017
This classically-styled romance serves as an intoxicating reminder that historic sporting events invariably have a human side to them.
April 18, 2017
An unexpectedly lyrical drama about life's innocent pleasures.
April 14, 2017
As for the winner and new champion, it has to be Kuosmanen, who never met a boxing-film clich he couldn't discreetly avoid.
April 13, 2017
The performances are unaffected and wonderful and there's much gentle humour to be drawn from Olli's struggles to make nice with sponsors, lose weight and participate in a clumsy documentary.
October 12, 2016
So gracefully does The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki sidestep the formulaic mold of struggle, perseverance and simple victory or defeat that it could almost be considered an anti-fight picture.
Top Critic
October 12, 2016
A lyrical sense of bittersweet acceptance permeates freshman director Juho Kuosmanen's marvelous sports biopic from its very first, perfectly composed frame.