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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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 14, 2007
Business-as-usual for a sports movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 22, 2007
It's an underdog story with teeth.
| 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
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
June 29, 2007
It is a straightforward biography but it treads so gingerly around his mental troubles that you feel something is missing.
| Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
June 29, 2007
Why pay to see someone cycling when they do it on the pavement for nothing?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
June 29, 2007
It moves, but it never flies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Johnny Vaughan
The Sun (UK)
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
Neil Smith
Total Film
June 29, 2007
A paucity of pedal power and an abundance of cliché make this Jock-on-a-bike yarn an uphill climb from false start to weak finish. Miller's brooding hero may well be Flying, but the film never gets off the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
Peter Bradshaw
June 29, 2007
The sinking Scotsman is more like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
June 29, 2007
What cripples the film's success as a sporting movie is the fact that its director, Douglas Mackinnon, struggles to find a way of making the climactic cycle races interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
June 26, 2007
Fails to get under the character's skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 14, 2007
Never quite manages to whip its disparate story elements into an emotionally moving whole.
Katey Rich
Film Journal International
May 7, 2007
Manages to be both an unsatisfying human drama and a confusing sports movie at the same time. Fans of both genres will be disappointed.
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