Links to the most recent reviews are listed immediately below.
John P. McCarthy,
Catholic News Service, writes "Obree's bouts
with depression prevent this film from being just a sentimental movie with a
formulaic outcome. Director Douglas Mackinnon uses his subject's troubled psyche
to generate suspense; and the cyclist's friendship with a Protestant minister,
the Rev. Douglas Baxter (Brian Cox), lends a subtle religious dimension." and
"Exemplifying the movie's good taste and sensitivity, lovely music and scenery
don't overwhelm the central plight of this lionhearted athlete."
Chicago Tribune, writes "Mackinnon, a TV star
director making his theatrical feature debut here, has a flair for pace, colour
and performances. The writing is more heartfelt than usual for a movie like
this; one of the writers, Rose, has been working on the project for 12 years.
"The Flying Scotsman," like many movie bios, invents some characters and plays
with the truth, though not too much. But the movie, which endured a few bumps
and trials of its own on its path to the screen, tells a tale both fast and
moving. And when Miller as Obree takes his whirls around the track, it gets your
heart pumping and your blood up".
Glen Sumi in
Now Magazine has an interview with Jonny Lee
Miller (it includes some audio clips - this helps you appreciate just how good
his Scottish accent is!) and a short review ...."director Mackinnon and Miller
are sensitive, not sentimental, in their exploration of depression. Good
supporting work, too, from Billy Boyd and Brian Cox. It'll make you dust off
your bike and hit the road."
Emily S. Mendel on
culturevulture.net writes of Jonny Lee Millers
performance as Graeme Obree - "His performance in The Flying Scotsman is
inspired, nuanced and genuine"
A 5 Star review on
Times Online (New Zealand) Barbara Weil writes
"The Flying Scotsman is a hard film to find fault with" and "it’s simply a
Tarry in Thread writes Jonny Lee Miller "creates here a picture of
depression that is appropriately disturbing and entirely believable" and " in
the case of The Flying Scotsman, “tender” and “inspirational” mean exactly what
they are supposed to."
The National Business Review in New Zealand has
published a video review
The New Zealand Herald gives The Flying
Scotsman a 4 Star review!
Nicodemus the Sage -"I'm absolutely convinced that The Flying Scotsman is poised to become
a sports film for the ages. Its timelessness goes hand-in-hand with its
integrity; its beauty IS its truth."
The reviews below will give you an indication of some
of the positive reaction following the films World Premiere in Edinburgh on 14th
August 2006 -
more reviews are available here.
Filmstalker.co.uk - "a must see film"
Hi-Arts - "a solidly crafted, beautifully acted
Scotsman.com - "The film is an intriguing mix of
dark drama, light comedy and the stirring triumph of Obree's success"
The Herald - "The
good news, given this film's troubled production, is The Flying Scotsman is a
- "It’s a thrillingly cinematic film"