The Flying Scotsman Reviews

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Cycling drama doesn't quite race to the finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 22, 2007
It's an underdog story with teeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 11, 2007
Competently made and reasonably interesting, but The Flying Scotsman lacks the kind of exhilaration that inspirational true-life sport films generally need to carry them to cinematic gold
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Johnny Vaughan
Sun Online
June 29, 2007
It's stirring stuff from start to finish which will make our friends from north of the border proud to be Scottish. Go See.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Daily Mirror [UK]
June 29, 2007
The underdog plot has been done umpteen times before, of course, but there's something Miller brings to the screen that transcends the familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Robey
Daily Telegraph
June 29, 2007
Still, there's useful support from Brian Cox as a pep-talking priest, and Gavin Finney's long-take velodrome cinematography is frequently rather excellent.
June 29, 2007
An engaging mix of sports movie and psychological drama that rises above the routine enough times to excuse some of its more predictable moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
June 29, 2007
A typically engaging performance from Johnny Lee Miller takes this slightly above the usual underdog movie cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 28, 2007
Engaging, impressively directed and superbly acted drama that succeeds as both an inspirational sports flick and a darkly observed study of mental illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 28, 2007
There's much to admire here, even if you're not into cycling. Douglas Mackinnon's made a fine fist of a great little underdog story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Anna Smith
BBC.com
June 26, 2007
Fails to get under the character's skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
May 7, 2007
...a real gem of an inspirational sports movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
May 7, 2007
If you like sports films, this is worth the bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
Cinematical
May 4, 2007
... Even if The Flying Scotsman doesn't really ever depart from a pretty standard-issue inspirational sports-flick template, as it's subject Graeme Obree proved, you can still do impressive and mighty things on a fixed track.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post
May 4, 2007
A classic tale of the heroic little guy that goes beyond the sport of cycling, told with elegant restraint in this sensitive and beautifully rendered film.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
May 4, 2007
For all its dramatic manipulation, The Flying Scotsman succeeds, in a modest way, because it's true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 4, 2007
[The] cinematography provides a unique perspective on a racing cyclist's view as Obree goes round and round, monotonously, on a slanted track. But an equally compelling look from the inside of Obree's illness offers the film's most stunning moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 4, 2007
Obree's psychology is fascinating and, even though the competitive scenes mostly involve him racing against himself in a spectator-free indoor track, the movie manages to give its audience a suitable adrenaline rush here and there.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
May 4, 2007
The filmmaking is unremarkable, but the obsessiveness of the lead character is infectious enough to make this drama passable entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
March 26, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
August 10, 2007
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