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Chicago Tribune
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.
Obree's psychology is fascinating and, even though the competitive scenes mostly involve him racing against himself in a spectator-free indoor track, the movie manages to give its audience a suitable adrenaline rush here and there.
Miller is key to the film's success, with his earnest, sweet-faced looks and evident dark side. He plays Obree with just the right understated intensity, a believable competitor who fights back fiercely with his wits and a few tight-lipped words.
Helmer Douglas Mackinnon does what he can to make the most of emotional bullet points and gloss over the lack of connective tissue.
The A.V. Club
There's real triumph to Obree's story, and real adversity, too, but the film contents itself with the pretend versions of both.
Chicago Reader
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.
It's a shame it's not a better movie, but its small virtues include an uncompromising performance by English actor Jonny Lee Miller.
Scotsman not only lacks vision, a true sense of how to mesh Obree's sporting triumphs and personal setbacks, but it also lacks passion. What it needs, as strange and tacky as it may sound, is a bit more madness.
New York Daily News
For a much better film about a similar story, rent "The World's Fastest Indian," with Anthony Hopkins on a motorcycle.
L.A. Weekly
It has a terminal case of the cutes crossed with the labored earnestness of a disease-of-the-week melodrama.

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