“ But it's well worth the watch, and with its large-audience appeal and loving attention to Canadian detail, a welcome addition to the Canadian oeuvre.
“ Very bland and unrealistic .
“ But he discovers in the course of the burgeoning crisis in his young life that he has a vast, heretofore untapped, reservoir of overflowing love, and at the same time an unexpected capacity for faith in himself.
“ Despite some of these writing flaws, the film was still entertaining and emotionally moving.
“ What Child would behave like Ralph does, when his mother is on the edge of death???
“ Definitely worth watching more than once.
“ And although the movie lacks the things that appeal most to American audiences--violence, endless profanity, mindless stupid flag waving, a predictable plot that any 3 year could hang with-- please try to give the movie a chance anyway.
“ It is a wonderfully evocative movie of how God can use even the most imperfect of us to bring about change in our lives and the lives of others.
“The film's titular character is magnificently played by Adam Butcher and brings to the role all the cliché genuine-ness that the story demands: he doesn't have many friends, he's totally misunderstood, and is destined for greatness.
“ Very enjoyable.
“ To a pair of cradle Catholics like my wife and I who grew up in the 50s, the bittersweet romance of coming of age was very compelling.
“ It is a beautiful story that challenges the ugliness of cynicism and predictable ritualised religion and the intransigence of 'adult thought patterns'.. It is well filmed, well directed and outrageously well acted.
“ This is an enjoyable little story sort of bringing together a tale about sports, adolescence, life, and Christianity.
“The blend of comedy and pathos is effective, the film kept entertaining by the comedy in the foreground, while the fact that Ralph's mother is dying keeps us interested in the outcome and rooting for the boy.
“ It's worth watching this movie just to see Scott and his director nail this character.
“ But in real life, most of the young priests I've known are like Scott's: sardonic, sincere, bold, a little bored, comfortable with their students, game, and apparently (or overtly) wondering if they've chosen the wrong life path.
“ Stories about kids who gain faith through acts of courage are usually tainted with saccharine scripts, but with the wise use of presenting a well-rounded, multidimensional character as the hero of this story, writer/director Michael McGowan succeeds in a touching tale that is so based on real behavioral patterns of young teens that it becomes simply an inspiring and entertaining movie.
“ An excellent coming of age tale, which I enjoyed retelling to my kids.
“ The characters are well developed, the plot intriguing and inviting, and the dialogue simply priceless.
“ This film is a captivating coming of age story about a young boy named Ralph and his search for a miracle so that his mother will come out of her coma.
“An awe inspiring journey of a high school boy who always wanted to do something with his life.
“ I enjoy coming of age films.
“ Surprisingly enjoyable .
“ I'm not a catholic, certainly not a saint, and can hardly even call myself a jogger, but I found this movie wonderfully inspiring, witty and enjoyable from start to finish.
“Ralph is an interesting character, his even blend of pure and impure motives providing both the humor that make the film entertaining, and the realism that make it believable.
“ The movie is very bland, there is nothing original about the plot and the ending is exactly what I expected it to be.