| Original Score: 3/5
Canadian writer-director Michael McGowan has packed it so full of earnestness that viewers end up jogging along.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Funny, touching and uplifting.
It's worth seeking out this bittersweet comedy with its emotionally resonant story and stellar performances.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Even when it's pushing the limits of shameless manipulation, this cheeky Canadian film has charm and wit.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
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.
It succeeds in flashes, but the movie's mixture of humor and inspirational fluff never quite meshes.
| Original Score: C+
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.
Touches the heart in unexpected ways.
| Original Score: A-
This crude, inspirational tear-jerker is as sweet as a bowl of instant oatmeal smothered in molasses.
| Original Score: 1/5
Written with the glee of a scheming Catholic schoolboy, but its geniality outstrips its plausibility.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A tart and tender comedy that pulls off a little miracle of its own by being genuinely heartwarming without leaving any cloyingly sticky emotional residue.
McGowan employs well-apportioned measures of droll humor and emotional urgency while spinning the story of Ralph Walker.
A charmer with heart.
[The] film never runs out of surprises.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It's as if Max Fischer from Rushmore turned, mid-movie, into Billy Elliot.
| Original Score: C
Ralph Walker is no Max Fischer, and his monomania gets dull fast.
A fine, small movie that deserves a long run.
Thanks to the charm brought to the role of Ralph by young Adam Butcher, and strong performances from Campbell Scott, Gordon Pinsent, Jennifer Tilly and Shauna MacDonald, credibility is achieved.
| Original Score: 2.4/5