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The Flying Scotsman
An amateur Scottish cyclist determined to become the world's fastest rider struggles against his own mental illness and the resentful hostility of sports authorities unwilling to accept his remarkable innovation in this inspirational biopic from director Douglas MacKinnon. When Briton cyclist Chris Boardman took home the gold at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the world was caught off guard; no one had ever suspected that Britain was capable of producing world-class cyclists, yet there was no denying his remarkable numbers. Perhaps no one was more shocked by Boardman's surprise success… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

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"It's an underdog story with teeth."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"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."
‑ Sarah Kaufman, Washington Post
"Cycling drama doesn't quite race to the finish."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"It is a straightforward biography but it treads so gingerly around his mental troubles that you feel something is missing."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It's stirring stuff from start to finish which will make our friends from north of the border proud to be Scottish. Go See."
‑ Johnny Vaughan, Sun Online
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"For all its dramatic manipulation, The Flying Scotsman succeeds, in a modest way, because it's true."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Business-as-usual for a sports movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Why pay to see someone cycling when they do it on the pavement for nothing?"
‑ Neil Smith, thelondonpaper
"The underdog plot has been done umpteen times before, of course, but there's something Miller brings to the screen that transcends the familiarity."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"Never quite manages to whip its disparate story elements into an emotionally moving whole."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"[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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It moves, but it never flies."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"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."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
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