Ultimate X: The Movie


Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  1. 75
    Most of Ultimate X is comprised of truly exhilarating footage of men -- and one woman -- pushing their bodies and their nerve to the edge.
  2. 75
    Quibbles aside, Ultimate X zips by speedily and is rad fun for sports fans and sedentary folks alike.
  3. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    In a feat of truly impressive cinematic finesse, Hendricks manages to capture every possible angle, from below a soaring motorcycle to atop a speeding luger's helmet.
  4. New Times (L.A.)
    Reviewed by: Gregory Weinkauf
    In the end, after the super-modified shovel racing, wild half-pipe action and integral employment of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid," there's a poignancy to the piece.
  5. 70
    All of this looks great on the giant IMAX screen -- most things do -- but the filmmakers can't shake the sense that this is an inflated TV special.
  6. 70
    The film's strengths may actually work against it with younger fans who might be disappointed by the few stomach-churning, white-knuckler moments.
  7. After clawing their way into the Olympics, so-called extreme sports deserve respect, but this is no way to get it.
  8. This being the "ultimate" movie about "extreme" sports, there's a lot of superlative slinging in the commentary.
  9. 60
    Nausea-inducing street luge provides the requisite kinesthetic thrill of this mega-cinematic genre.
  10. Instead of a balanced film that explains the zeitgeist that is the X Games, we get a cinematic postcard that's superficial and unrealized.
  11. 50
    This compilation of blisteringly tight stunts plays like the world's longest Mountain Dew commercial.
  12. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Most impressive in an objective sense, as a technical exercise -- its staccato technique preventing greater involvement.
  13. Happily, a feeling of genuine comradeship among these athletes shines through, and their irreverent, go-for-broke comments are a jolt of fun compared to the usual canned epigrams from pampered sports multimillionaires.

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