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Saint Ralph Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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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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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 5, 2005
Your interest is bound to fade long before Ralph does.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 7, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 4, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2005
It's as if Max Fischer from Rushmore turned, mid-movie, into Billy Elliot.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: '1.5/4'
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 2, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 8, 2005
Unrepentant hokum.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
May 22, 2005
Never develops any bite or tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ed Park
Village Voice
August 2, 2005
Ralph Walker is no Max Fischer, and his monomania gets dull fast.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 4, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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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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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