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Saint Ralph Reviews

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M.E. Russell
Oregonian
August 5, 2005
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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 5, 2005
You can't argue with the message. But its well-worn homilies might give you reason to question the messenger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Hardy
Houston Chronicle
August 5, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 5, 2005
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 5, 2005
Your interest is bound to fade long before Ralph does.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 5, 2005
Writer-director Michael McGowan must be exhausted after all the tugging he does on our heartstrings in this sentimental drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 5, 2005
Writer-director Michael McGowan proves there's a reason people keep making underdog sports movies.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
August 5, 2005
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 5, 2005
As predictably uplifting movies go, Saint Ralph isn't completely charmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 5, 2005
It succeeds in flashes, but the movie's mixture of humor and inspirational fluff never quite meshes.
| Original Score: C+
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
August 5, 2005
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

E! Online
August 5, 2005
Going beyond the never-say-die concept, McGowan paints an evocative picture of provincial life and mostly steers clear of cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 4, 2005
Michael McGowan's conventionally heartwarming underdog drama doesn't miss a cliche on the eccentric troublemaker's rocky road to sainthood.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 4, 2005
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?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 4, 2005
Saint Ralph is the kind of movie that makes you see why people can believe in miracles.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 4, 2005
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
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
August 4, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
August 4, 2005
Touches the heart in unexpected ways.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 4, 2005
This crude, inspirational tear-jerker is as sweet as a bowl of instant oatmeal smothered in molasses.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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