The lack of condescension, the decent jokes and an absolutely terrific performance by Butcher make Saint Ralph an honest-to-God crowd-pleaser.
| Original Score: B
You can't argue with the message. But its well-worn homilies might give you reason to question the messenger.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
What began as a too familiar coming-of-age story set in an all-boys Catholic school steadily morphs into something arguably as familiar but more satisfying -- a triumphant sports tale.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Your interest is bound to fade long before Ralph does.
Writer-director Michael McGowan must be exhausted after all the tugging he does on our heartstrings in this sentimental drama.
It succeeds in flashes, but the movie's mixture of humor and inspirational fluff never quite meshes.
| Original Score: C+
Writer-director Michael McGowan proves there's a reason people keep making underdog sports movies.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
As predictably uplifting movies go, Saint Ralph isn't completely charmless.
Saint Ralph sticks, for the most part, to the road less traveled, delivering a droll feel-good movie that has a little something to say about modern-day miracles.
| Original Score: 3/4
Occasionally, a movie that makes only the faintest blip, if any, on the hype radar just shows up and gets it right.
| Original Score: 3/4
Going beyond the never-say-die concept, McGowan paints an evocative picture of provincial life and mostly steers clear of cliche.
| Original Score: A-
Michael McGowan's conventionally heartwarming underdog drama doesn't miss a cliche on the eccentric troublemaker's rocky road to sainthood.
| Original Score: C
I feel guilty criticizing it because it's about a kid running a marathon to save his mom from dying of cancer. CANCER, for crying out loud! What am I supposed to do with that?
| Original Score: B-
Saint Ralph is the kind of movie that makes you see why people can believe in miracles.
| Original Score: B+
Saint Ralph has all the elements of a sapfest waiting to happen, but it never does, instead delivering its heart with solid doses of harshness and humor
You might shed a few tears at the tender moments between Ralph and his comatose mother, but you'll laugh and chuckle and feel good far more often.
| Original Score: 9/10
An amiable sentimental fantasy, joining running, religion and a boy with a whole lot of problems into an earnest production that entertains even as it milks some of its situations for all they're worth.
| Original Score: 3/5
Touches the heart in unexpected ways.
This crude, inspirational tear-jerker is as sweet as a bowl of instant oatmeal smothered in molasses.
| Original Score: 1/5