Saint Ralph (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Saint Ralph (2005)



Critic Consensus: Saint Ralph is an amiable tear-jerker that walks a fine line between being inspirational and being hokum.

Movie Info

This is the story of Ralph Walker, a 14-year-old who in 1954 outran everyone's expectations in his bold quest to win the Boston Marathon. His seriously ill mother knows he is waiting to explode into greatness, except that he has no idea where that greatness will manifest itself. Then, an unfortunate incident of self-abuse in the community pool inadvertently points him in the right direction. As penance for his actions, Ralph is conscripted to the cross-country team. Desperate to believe a miracle will bring his mother out of a coma, Ralph becomes a convert to the church of running and sets his sights on winning the Boston Marathon.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content and partial nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael McGowan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 13, 2005
Box Office: $0.7M

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Adam Butcher
as Ralph Walker
Campbell Scott
as Father George Hibber...
Gordon Pinsent
as Father Fitzpatrick
Jennifer Tilly
as Nurse Alice
Shauna MacDonald
as Emma Walker
Tamara Hope
as Claire Collins
Frank Crudele
as Mr. Karl
Michael Kanev
as Chester Jones
Paulette Sinclair
as Secretary Roddy
Lubica Kucerova
as Woman in Shower
Ben Gans
as Senior Citizen No. 1
Jock McLeod
as Senior Citizen No. 2
Jeff Baxter
as Cattana
Jonathan Walker
as Mr. Collins
Keir Gilchrist
as Kid Collins
Jonathan Wilson
as Father Gregg
Rob Smith
as Santa Claus
Joan Massiah
as Mrs. Scarlet
Gerard Parkes
as Longboat
Boyd Banks
as Worker No. 1
Henry Alessandroni
as Worker No. 2
Brandon Barre
as Road Runner
Sean Cullen
as Children's Aid Offic...
John Blakey
as Spectator #1
Naomi Emmerson
as Spectator #2
Barry Stillwell
as Mr. Jones
Jonathan Higgins
as Boston Announcer
Barry Stilwell
as Mr. Jones
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Critic Reviews for Saint Ralph

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (29)

Canadian writer-director Michael McGowan has packed it so full of earnestness that viewers end up jogging along.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Funny, touching and uplifting.

Full Review… | August 8, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's worth seeking out this bittersweet comedy with its emotionally resonant story and stellar performances.

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
USA Today
Top Critic

Even when it's pushing the limits of shameless manipulation, this cheeky Canadian film has charm and wit.

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

You can't argue with the message. But its well-worn homilies might give you reason to question the messenger.

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It's hard to dislike schmaltz as mild as Saint Ralph, but let's try: The film is as bland as a communion wafer, sentimental as a Christmas homily, and predictable as the liturgy.

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Saint Ralph

Full of wit, candor, and love abounding. One of my absolute favorites.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Lovely, touching film of hope and faith. Wonderful performances.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Absolute faith, purity, and prayer. Beautiful movie...

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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