Local Hero Reviews

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October 5, 2019
An absolutely disarming comedy.
September 27, 2019
Forsyth both inverts expectations and runs with them in this story about the sea, the sky, and a dreamily weird village of straight-talking locals.
November 12, 2018
Lancaster gets better with age; he is capital as the magnate with equal passions for astronomy and moneymaking. Peter Riegert is effective as his ambassador, and the Scottish actors are refreshing and adept.
April 23, 2018
Writer-director Bill Forsyth's 1983 film sneaks up on you. It takes its time. It reveals its characters through snippets of conversation and casual interactions.
December 25, 2010
A poignant, funny tale of a simpler life.
September 3, 2010
The thematics are rather cloying, but the mood -- profoundly relaxed, bemused -- eventually conquers.
September 3, 2010
Without question, the most charming British film of the 1980s.
August 6, 2010
Bill Forsyth directs the film with wry understatement and has gentle affection for all of his characters.
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
Top Critic
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.
October 15, 2005
It's the feel-good flick of the decade.
July 19, 2005
June 26, 2005
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.
June 12, 2004
January 7, 2004
A heartwarming and whimsical comedy of manners.
July 30, 2003
Charming, whimsical, and practically perfect.
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.
April 21, 2003
February 27, 2003
Absolutely wonderful.
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