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Saint Ralph Reviews

May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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 8, 2005
Funny, touching and uplifting.
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
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2005
Your interest is bound to fade long before Ralph does.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
August 5, 2005
Writer-director Michael McGowan proves there's a reason people keep making underdog sports movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 5, 2005
As predictably uplifting movies go, Saint Ralph isn't completely charmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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+
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
August 4, 2005
Touches the heart in unexpected ways.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
August 4, 2005
Written with the glee of a scheming Catholic schoolboy, but its geniality outstrips its plausibility.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 4, 2005
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.
August 4, 2005
McGowan employs well-apportioned measures of droll humor and emotional urgency while spinning the story of Ralph Walker.
August 4, 2005
A charmer with heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 4, 2005
[The] film never runs out of surprises.
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
August 3, 2005
It's as if Max Fischer from Rushmore turned, mid-movie, into Billy Elliot.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 2, 2005
Ralph Walker is no Max Fischer, and his monomania gets dull fast.
April 14, 2005
A fine, small movie that deserves a long run.
April 8, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.4/5
April 8, 2005
Unrepentant hokum.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4