It demonstrates Mr. Forsyth's uncanny ability for making an audience sense that something magical is going on, even if that something isn't easily explained.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Here is a small film to treasure, a loving, funny, understated portrait of a small Scottish town and its encounter with a giant oil company.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The thematics are rather cloying, but the mood -- profoundly relaxed, bemused -- eventually conquers.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
[It's] loaded with wry, offbeat humor and is the sort of satisfying, personal picture that is becoming an increasingly rare commodity these days
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A poignant, funny tale of a simpler life.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Without question, the most charming British film of the 1980s.
Dean Essner - Film4
Bill Forsyth directs the film with wry understatement and has gentle affection for all of his characters.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Forsyth cannot quite tease out of his characters the kind of strange sublety that Powell and Pressburger delivered, but it is enough that he and producer David Puttnam succeed in making you realise just how badly this kind of film has been missed.
Dean Essner - Time Out
It's the feel-good flick of the decade.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A heartwarming and whimsical comedy of manners.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Charming, whimsical, and practically perfect.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
Rebecca Murray - About.com
James Rocchi - Netflix
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Charming cross-cultural tale about some outsiders from a Texas oil company whose visit to a small Scottish town changes everything.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Charming little comedy
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A whimsical, delightful tale of a stranger in a strange land. It is director Bill Forsythe's best ever.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Slighty overrated because of its quirkiness.
John Urbancich - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
For me, the best film of the 1980s.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
It has always been easier to make films about misery than about happiness, for happiness is so un-cinematic, so devoid of conflict. But Local Hero is a rare and welcome exception.
Ben Stephens - culturevulture.net
Life-affirming and often laugh-out-loud funny, this is feel-good movie-making par excellence.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Once over, the mood of the film hits home and a longing develops to visit once again the characters of this warm and deceptively slight comedy.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
A wonderfully entertaining, quietly funny, sweet film.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
An all-time favorite I can watch again and again
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit