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Ultimate X: The Movie

Ultimate X: The Movie (2002)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 12

Taking full advantage of the large IMAX screen, Ultimate X is a thrill ride for extreme sports junkies and novices alike.

75

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 4

Taking full advantage of the large IMAX screen, Ultimate X is a thrill ride for extreme sports junkies and novices alike.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 54

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In August, 2001, the Summer X Games came to the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and some of the world's greatest extreme athletes arrived to show off their skills in motocross, BMX, skateboarding, street luge, and many other events. Ultimate X is a documentary (produced by the ESPN cable network) which collects exciting highlights from the X Games competition, with Buckey Laskek, Bob Burnquist, Dave Mirra, T.J. Lavin, Brian Deegan, and many others giving their all to prove

Feb 4, 2003

$4.1M

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (12) | DVD (17)

[A] spectacular extreme sports extravaganza.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This Imax sports documentary captures the danger, thrills, spills and sheer altitude attained by the young men and women who put it all on the line for burgeoning 'Xtreme sports' movement.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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The film contains so much eye-popping footage that even viewers who have never seen the X Games can't help but be fascinated.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Writer/director Bruce Hendricks subtracts from the experience by crafting a corporate propaganda film posing as a documentary.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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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.

June 29, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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The format gets used best ... to capture the dizzying heights achieved by motocross and BMX riders, whose balletic hotdogging occasionally ends in bone-crushing screwups.

May 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Uses the IMAX screen to showcase sports rather than talking heads, and the result is 40 minutes crammed with high-energy acrobatics.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The competitors are clearly unhinged, but they put on a hell of a show.

June 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If you think that "ESPN's Ultimate X" is a motor oil, then you need to see this movie, dude.

January 5, 2005 Full Review
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

If you're an extreme sports fan, this is probably a must own DVD.

February 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

A love letter for fans of the sport, and for the uninitiated earth-bound, a peek into a strange new sports world spinning with adrenaline.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

It briefly flirts with player masochism, but the point of real interest -- audience sadism -- is evaded completely.

August 23, 2002 Full Review

It's a dizzyingly entertaining thrill-ride, complete with a pleasantly surprising amount of humor and self-parody.

July 26, 2002
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Even if you can't tell Tony Hawk from Bob Burnquist, you'll still get a rush out of this documentary about the world of extreme sports.

July 16, 2002 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

The result is that the skill and determination, not to mention bravery or lunacy, of the extreme sportsmen (and women) is shown on a strikingly grand scale.

June 30, 2002 Full Review Source: FilmFour.com
FilmFour.com

The most enjoyable 40 minutes I've ever spent watching a large-format, IMAX-type movie.

June 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

At 40 minutes, it's brief but keeps firmly to its action remit.

June 17, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

Ultimate X smoothes out the rough edges of Evel [Kneivel]'s bad boy tradition and delivers a film that keeps mom and dad in on the cool -- Disney with a little flava.

June 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Big Movie Zone
Big Movie Zone

For every articulate player, such as skateboarder Tony Hawk or BMX rider Mat Hoffman, are about a half dozen young Turks angling to see how many times they can work the words "radical" or "suck" into a sentence.

June 13, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A thrill ride blown up to gigantic mind-blowing proportions; played out over a booming rock 'n roll soundtrack.

June 7, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Devotees seem more interested in mayhem than competition. Perhaps that's why the filmmakers save their money shots for a closing montage of painful wipe-outs and crashes.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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