Movie Reviews
The Very Best Bike Movies

2 Seconds

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Watching 2 Seconds is like going to bike heaven – or at least to bike church. Reverence for bicycling permeates the film.

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40 Year Old Virgin

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The movies typically portray bicyclists as off-beat, from idealists to weirdoes. Only occasionally do these oddballs overcome their flaws and turn out to be sensitive or successful. Even more rarely do they get the girl.

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6 Day Bike Rider

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

6 Day Bike Rider is a screwball comedy about a local yokel who takes on a slick out-of-towner. They compete in a six-day race – and for the town belle.

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American Flyers

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Predictable plot, sappy storyline and cheesy characters. But American Flyers’ saving grace is that it includes lots of bike riding from the silly (biking to the fridge to fetch a drink) to the sublime (an appearance by Eddy Merckx, one of the greatest bicycle racers ever).

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Beijing Bicycle

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Beijing Bicycle is a fabulous film, with thousands of bicycles used throughout in myriad ways: to stalk and chase; to impress girls and intimidate rivals; to get around and get away.

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Bicycle Dreams

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Nine days and 33 minutes. That’s how long it took the winner of the 2006 Race Across America to bike 3,015 miles from San Diego to Atlantic City.

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Bicycle Thief

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The Bicycle Thief demonstrates unforgettably that in certain times and places, bikes were a serious matter. They could mean the difference between a job and no job; bread and no bread.

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BMX Bandits

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

BMX Bandits is so easy to criticize it seems unfair to review it. But trudge on, we must, for the record. The bike community deserves to be warned.

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Breaking Away

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

It’s Not About the Bikes! Breaking Away is about growing up and going to college; losing your innocence and finding your way.

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Emmanuel’s Gift

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Is being handicapped or severely ill a blessing or a curse?

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Hardihood

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Hardihood starts slow, but stick with it. This documentary traces the long, sometimes tedious week in the professional women’s downhill mountain biking circuit. The rigors of travel and the need to re-hydrate are covered on Monday, followed by relaxation on Tuesday. But the week builds up to practicing on the race course on Saturday and the race itself on Sunday.

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Hell on Wheels

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This documentary about the 2003 Tour tells two stories. The more compelling one paints an overview of the Tour de France – in all its splendor and mundaneness.

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I [Heart] Huckabees

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

The most telling scene of I [Heart] Huckabees is when a burnt-out firefighter, who hates our petroleum-based society, rides to a fire on his bike rather than on a firetruck.

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Jour de Fête

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

In Jour de fête – a film about technology and change – the bicycle represents traditional, humane values in a world increasingly dominated by powerful machines and driven by the demands of speed and efficiency. The film is a strong indictment of the headlong rush into the modern world immediately after World War II, but its message also applies to today.

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La Course en Tête

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Long before Lance, another bicycle racer was known by his first name: Eddy Merckx.

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Medicine for Melancholy

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Bicycles seem to be a better medicine for melancholy than booze and drugs in this film that portrays the day after a one-night stand in the lives of two African Americans living in San Francisco.

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Quicksilver

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

You have to be a bike buff to enjoy Quicksilver, which spins its wheels on plot twists that go nowhere and characters that don’t ring true. Nevertheless, it redeems itself by offering fun and excitement on ten-speeds.

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Rad

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Short for radical, “rad” means “cool.” Rad rocks big time. Totally awesome.

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Rushmore

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The Lone Ranger rides a trusty horse. James Bond rides a high-tech car. Max Fischer rides a beat up bike.

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The Bicycle Corps: America’s Black Army on Wheels

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

In 1897, 22 soldiers of the 25th U.S. Infantry biked 1,900 miles from Missoula, Mont., to St. Louis to test the feasibility of using bicycles in the army.

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The Cyclist

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

The Cyclist is a moving portrayal of the human condition and man’s willingness to exploit his fellow human being.

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The Flying Scotsman

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Good guys and bad guys; drama and illness; love and laughs. And bikes throughout.

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The Ride

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The Ride is the story of Phil Keoghan’s 2009, 40-day, cross-country trip to support the National MS Society. More of an adventure story than a ride chronicle, this film is funny and very engaging.

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The Triplets of Belleville

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The Triplets of Belleville is an animated film – but it ain’t Disney.

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True Fans

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

True Fans is an unusual film, ostensibly about basketball, but bicycles are front and center throughout. This original documentary tells the true story of three friends who bike from Venice Beach, Calif., to Springfield, Mass., home of the National Basketball Association’s Hall of Fame.

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Wadjda

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Charming and chilling. On one level, this Saudi Arabian film tells the simple story of a spunky girl who dearly wants to own and ride a bicycle. On another level, however, the film exposes the restrictions placed on this eleven-year-old girl (and all females) by the strong religious and cultural forces that prevail in this country.

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The Very Best "L" Movies

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The Very Best Iowa Movies

Field of Dreams

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

“Is this heaven?”
“No, it’s Iowa.”

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The Music Man

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Corny but fun. Boisterous but surprisingly engaging. Silly but classic. Above all, this musical is Iowan.

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The Straight Story

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Based on a true story, this touching movie recounts the journey of an elderly Iowan determined to visit his sickly brother in Wisconsin.

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Villisca: Living with a Mystery

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Who used an axe in Villisca, Iowa, in 1912 to kill eight innocent people, including six children, in their beds? Was it a serial killer? A fiery, itinerate preacher? An ex-con hired by a prominent Iowa state senator?

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