Saint Ralph
Saint Ralph (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 5, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Saint Ralph is an amiable tear-jerker that walks a fine line between being inspirational and being hokum.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Canadian writer-director Michael McGowan has packed it so full of earnestness that viewers end up jogging along.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Even when it's pushing the limits of shameless manipulation, this cheeky Canadian film has charm and wit.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Funny, touching and uplifting.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

You can't argue with the message. But its well-worn homilies might give you reason to question the messenger.

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

What writer-director Michael McGowan has pulled off is a bit of a miracle.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

It's worth seeking out this bittersweet comedy with its emotionally resonant story and stellar performances.

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Michael Hardy
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today

For the jaded moviegoer, here's a little film that just might restore your faith -- in movies and a whole lot more.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Quirky and quiet little film about a Catholic schoolboy who wants to run the Boston Marathon. It succeeds finally because of the warmth of the cast portraying… More
Leigh Ryan
Absolute faith, purity, and prayer. Beautiful movie...
Spencer S.
Full of wit, candor, and love abounding. One of my absolute favorites.
jay nixon
Lovely, touching film of hope and faith. Wonderful performances.