Saint Ralph
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This is the story of Ralph Walker, a 14-year-old who in 1954 outran everyone's expectations in his bold quest to win the Boston Marathon. His seriously ill mother knows he is waiting to explode into greatness, except that he has no idea where that greatness will manifest itself. Then, an unfortunate incident of self-abuse in the community pool inadvertently points him in the right direction. As penance for his actions, Ralph is conscripted to the cross-country team. Desperate to believe a miracle will bring his mother out of a coma, Ralph becomes a convert to the church of running and sets… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Canadian writer-director Michael McGowan has packed it so full of earnestness that viewers end up jogging along."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Even when it's pushing the limits of shameless manipulation, this cheeky Canadian film has charm and wit."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"A likable little underdog-triumphs drama from Canada... This is a case where my idealistic side won out over my cynical side."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"This wincingly earnest comedy-drama could rival the maple tree as Canada's leading producer of sap."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Funny, touching and uplifting."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"You can't argue with the message. But its well-worn homilies might give you reason to question the messenger."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"What writer-director Michael McGowan has pulled off is a bit of a miracle."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"Butcher carries the film well, interpreting Ralph as a tangle of mixed-up yearnings tempered with an indomitable drive."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It's worth seeking out this bittersweet comedy with its emotionally resonant story and stellar performances."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"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."
‑ Michael Hardy, Houston Chronicle
"For the jaded moviegoer, here's a little film that just might restore your faith -- in movies and a whole lot more."
‑ Carolyn Arends, Christianity Today
"The comic aspects of this comedy-drama are overly broad and forced, while the supposedly dramatic ones are cloying and treacly."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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