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The Flying Scotsman
"The Flying Scotsman" is the true story of celebrated Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree, a former world champion, who broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own design, made partly out of sections of a washing machine. The film follows his life's victories as well as his battles with mental health problems.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an underdog story with teeth."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It's a story that practically begs to be made into a film, albeit preferably one less pat than The Flying Scotsman."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"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
"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
"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
"For all its dramatic manipulation, The Flying Scotsman succeeds, in a modest way, because it's true."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"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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