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The Flying Scotsman Reviews

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October 22, 2007
Cycling drama doesn't quite race to the finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2007
Business-as-usual for a sports movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 22, 2007
It's an underdog story with teeth.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
June 29, 2007
It is a straightforward biography but it treads so gingerly around his mental troubles that you feel something is missing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2007
Why pay to see someone cycling when they do it on the pavement for nothing?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 29, 2007
It moves, but it never flies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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
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
The sinking Scotsman is more like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
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
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
June 26, 2007
Fails to get under the character's skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 14, 2007
Never quite manages to whip its disparate story elements into an emotionally moving whole.
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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