Even for audiences who normally would not be interested in cycling, The Flying Scotsman is a good choice, because this film is about so much more.
—Bill Zwecker Chicago Sun-Times
...an underdog story with teeth.
—Kyle Smith New York Post
This modest mix of inspiration, humor, and near tragedy manages to be suspenseful, even though we pretty much know the outcome.
—M.K. Terrell Christian Science Monitor
...a sports bio movie that I really enjoyed about a sport and sports hero I barely knew existed...
—Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune
...a sincere but routine drama that's too constrained by formula to completely succeed.
—Jim Hemphill Reel
Obree is clearly a great man, but you wouldn't know it from this uncomplicated evocation of his life and successes.
—Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine
...a series of sports-movie cliches.
—Maitland McDonagh TV Guide
There's real triumph to Obree's story, and real adversity, too, but the film contents itself with the pretend versions of both.
—Keith Phipps Onion AV Club
...a conventional underdog sports movie that should have been much more gripping.
—Stephen Holden New York Times
—Scott Foundas Village Voice