The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman (2006)

"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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 29, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Consensus: The Flying Scotsman's too-brisk pacing reduces the scale of cyclist Graham Obree's accomplishments while not uncovering what makes him tick.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

It's an underdog story with teeth.

Keith Phipps
AV Club

It's a story that practically begs to be made into a film, albeit preferably one less pat than The Flying Scotsman.

S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Cycling drama doesn't quite race to the finish.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Sarah Kaufman
Washington 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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Business-as-usual for a sports movie.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Never quite manages to whip its disparate story elements into an emotionally moving whole.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

For all its dramatic manipulation, The Flying Scotsman succeeds, in a modest way, because it's true.

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Urban Cinefile

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Nothing special. And, as an American, my hand was constantly on the rewind button so I could understand all the Scotish accents. Noot m'eh fehvrut… More
Gordon Anderson
Underwhelming by the numbers biopic which sketches over the protagonists mental illness unconvincingly.
xGary Xx
I normally avoid sports films because they're very predictable and essentially all the same; let's face it, if they'd f**ked it up, nobody… More
Craig Sutcliffe
<b><u>Directed by:</u> Douglas MacKinnon.</b> <b><u>Starring:</u> Billy Boyd, Brian Cox, Johnny Lee Miller.</b>… More
paul sandberg
trying to be both a sports movie and biopic and failing at both. Some interesting side charactors (Brian Cox, wonderful as usual) make this watchable, but the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Flying Scotsman," Graeme Obree(Jonny Lee Miller) wants to break the one hour bicycling record that has stood for more… More

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