Saint Ralph
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A young man with big dreams sets out to do the seemingly impossible in this bittersweet comedy drama. Ralph Walker (Adam Butcher) is a 14-year-old boy growing up in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1954. Ralph is convinced he's cut out to do something remarkable some day, but he hasn't quite decided what, and at the moment he has other things to worry about. Ralph's father has recently died, as have his grandparents, and his mother (Shauna MacDonald) is severely ill and in the hospital, leaving the boy to fend for himself at home. Despite Ralph's tragic circumstances and his attendance at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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