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Saint Ralph Reviews

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
The heart of the film and ensemble, however, is Adam Butcher. If there's any justice, this guy could have a hell of a career. Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
What writer-director Michael McGowan has pulled off is a bit of a miracle.
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today
October 2, 2006
For the jaded moviegoer, here's a little film that just might restore your faith -- in movies and a whole lot more.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
December 12, 2005
A likable little underdog-triumphs drama from Canada... This is a case where my idealistic side won out over my cynical side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 15, 2005
Butcher carries the film well, interpreting Ralph as a tangle of mixed-up yearnings tempered with an indomitable drive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 26, 2005
The comic aspects of this comedy-drama are overly broad and forced, while the supposedly dramatic ones are cloying and treacly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 26, 2005
This wincingly earnest comedy-drama could rival the maple tree as Canada's leading producer of sap.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 26, 2005
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'
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 25, 2005
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
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 25, 2005
Canadian writer-director Michael McGowan has packed it so full of earnestness that viewers end up jogging along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 19, 2005
Ralph may be more a sinner than a saint, and his movie may be a little cheesy, but who cares - I thoroughly enjoyed following him on his quest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
August 19, 2005
...a small, straightforward story that has its heart in the right place, even if its hokey sentimentality keeps it from reaching the finish line.
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Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
August 16, 2005
The movie rests on (Adam) Butcher, and the actor proves to be a well-rounded smart aleck in the making.
| Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 12, 2005
If McGowan pushes the religious themes too hard, his greatest sin is that he leads you to believe that the story is true.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 8, 2005
Funny, touching and uplifting.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
August 7, 2005
It's all very cute and predictable. Still it's a fun movie...
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 6, 2005
Pushes itself as strenuously as its young protagonist, but ultimately collapses in a welter of sentiment, cuteness and whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 5, 2005
It's worth seeking out this bittersweet comedy with its emotionally resonant story and stellar performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
August 5, 2005
McGowan's film demonstrates how sometimes the strongest acts of faith can only occur entirely outside the church.
| Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 5, 2005
Even when it's pushing the limits of shameless manipulation, this cheeky Canadian film has charm and wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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