An overly convenient plot is the main con in Ralph, which includes a devastating fire, an assist from a celebrity and at least one miracle, all of which show up exactly when the plot needs help moving forward.
| Original Score: 2/4
Michael McGowan's conventionally heartwarming underdog drama doesn't miss a cliche on the eccentric troublemaker's rocky road to sainthood.
| Original Score: C
This crude, inspirational tear-jerker is as sweet as a bowl of instant oatmeal smothered in molasses.
| Original Score: 1/5
As predictably uplifting movies go, Saint Ralph isn't completely charmless.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It succeeds in flashes, but the movie's mixture of humor and inspirational fluff never quite meshes.
| Original Score: C+
Your interest is bound to fade long before Ralph does.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The first twenty minutes of Saint Ralph seem more like a primer on the up-close-and-personal art of adolescent self abuse than subtle narrative exposition.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Light lessons about pain, endurance, and commitment...Likeable to a point, but in the end, Saint Ralph winds up incredible, manipulative, and strictly for the choir.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's as if Max Fischer from Rushmore turned, mid-movie, into Billy Elliot.
If McGowan pushes the religious themes too hard, his greatest sin is that he leads you to believe that the story is true.
A hooey-slathered film that combines the Catholic school humor of 'Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?' with the rah-rah uplift of an underdog sports story.
| Original Score: '1.5/4'
Saint Ralph is content paying lip service to Catholicism, choosing instead to pander to fans of anyone who got off during Children of Heaven and Millions.
...a small, straightforward story that has its heart in the right place, even if its hokey sentimentality keeps it from reaching the finish line.
Never develops any bite or tension.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ralph Walker is no Max Fischer, and his monomania gets dull fast.
Michael McGowan's direction is as flat as an asphalt road, and his script is gasping for air long before it enters the final stretch.
Writer-director Michael McGowan must be exhausted after all the tugging he does on our heartstrings in this sentimental drama.
You can't argue with the message. But its well-worn homilies might give you reason to question the messenger.