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  • Summary: Based on a true story, this film illustrates the story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree's (Miller) triumph over adversity. (MGM)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. A sports bio movie that I really enjoyed about a sport and sports hero I barely knew existed: the World Hour Record competition for bicyclists and its gutsy, tormented and most unusual champion, Graeme Obree.
  2. Boasts exciting competitive track cycling footage.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    How many bicycling movies are there, let alone ones that know from frame geometry? "Breaking Away" is probably the champ, followed by "American Flyers," the hilariously awful Kevin Bacon bike-messenger movie "Quicksilver," and then we're already into "The Bicycle Thief " and "Pee-wee's Big Adventure." It's a small pack, and The Flying Scotsman rides close to the front by default.
  4. Brian Cox does sturdy work as the minister who helps Obree combat depression, and first-time director Douglas Mackinnon gets a big assist from Obree himself, who doubled for Miller in some shots and filmed others with a camera strapped to his handlebars.
  5. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    50
    While the world of competitive cycling can be extremely exciting, not every one of its events is captivating. A well-intentioned biopic about Scottish cycling maverick Graeme Obree, The Flying Scotsman is hampered by the fact that its hero earned his greatest renown for riding around and around on a velodrome … alone … for an hour.
  6. A conventional underdog sports movie that should have been much more gripping.
  7. 30
    It has a terminal case of the cutes crossed with the labored earnestness of a disease-of-the-week melodrama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. AllanF.
    Dec 11, 2007
    10
    Amazing story and a fantastic performance from Johnny Lee Miller go together to make a wonderfully honest and uplifting film.
  2. Alan
    May 5, 2007
    9
    If you like biking and underdog films, you'll love this film.
  3. JamesC.
    Nov 23, 2007
    9
    I thought the was a wonderful movie, but then again I am homosexual ! James Chidlow, Hoole (Chester).