Local Hero Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 25, 2010
A poignant, funny tale of a simpler life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 3, 2010
The thematics are rather cloying, but the mood -- profoundly relaxed, bemused -- eventually conquers.

Film4
September 3, 2010
Without question, the most charming British film of the 1980s.
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
August 6, 2010
Bill Forsyth directs the film with wry understatement and has gentle affection for all of his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
August 13, 2008
[It's] loaded with wry, offbeat humor and is the sort of satisfying, personal picture that is becoming an increasingly rare commodity these days
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Forsyth cannot quite tease out of his characters the kind of strange sublety that Powell and Pressburger delivered, but it is enough that he and producer David Puttnam succeed in making you realise just how badly this kind of film has been missed.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 15, 2005
It's the feel-good flick of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Here is a small film to treasure, a loving, funny, understated portrait of a small Scottish town and its encounter with a giant oil company.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 7, 2004
A heartwarming and whimsical comedy of manners.
Full Review | Original Score: A

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Charming, whimsical, and practically perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It demonstrates Mr. Forsyth's uncanny ability for making an audience sense that something magical is going on, even if that something isn't easily explained.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 27, 2003
Absolutely wonderful.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 1, 2002
Charming cross-cultural tale about some outsiders from a Texas oil company whose visit to a small Scottish town changes everything.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Charming little comedy
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 21, 2002
A whimsical, delightful tale of a stranger in a strange land. It is director Bill Forsythe's best ever.
| Original Score: 5/5
John Urbancich
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
August 13, 2002
Slighty overrated because of its quirkiness.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
For me, the best film of the 1980s.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ben Stephens
culturevulture.net
July 30, 2001
It has always been easier to make films about misery than about happiness, for happiness is so un-cinematic, so devoid of conflict. But Local Hero is a rare and welcome exception.

Empire Magazine
May 12, 2001
Life-affirming and often laugh-out-loud funny, this is feel-good movie-making par excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 17, 2001
Once over, the mood of the film hits home and a longing develops to visit once again the characters of this warm and deceptively slight comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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