Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 75
    Quibbles aside, Ultimate X zips by speedily and is rad fun for sports fans and sedentary folks alike.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. After clawing their way into the Olympics, so-called extreme sports deserve respect, but this is no way to get it.
  8. Reviewed by: Dan DeLuca
    63
    This being the "ultimate" movie about "extreme" sports, there's a lot of superlative slinging in the commentary.
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    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
    50
    Most impressive in an objective sense, as a technical exercise -- its staccato technique preventing greater involvement.
  13. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    40
    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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