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Ultimate X: The Movie Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
May 12, 2002
A film that should've stayed on ESPN.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 13, 2002
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
May 10, 2002
These self-styled athletes have banged their brains into the ground so frequently and furiously, their capacity to explain themselves has gone the same way as their natural instinct for self-preservation.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 23, 2002
It briefly flirts with player masochism, but the point of real interest -- audience sadism -- is evaded completely.
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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 7, 2002
Visually as buffed as the athletes it celebrates, but also as airheaded as most of them seem to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Lovece
TV Guide
May 9, 2002
Needs more impressionistic cinematography and exhilarating point-of-view shots and fewer slow-motion 'grandeur' shots and quick-cut edits that often detract from the athleticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 10, 2002
Little more than a super-sized infomercial for the cable-sports channel and its Summer X Games.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
May 10, 2002
At a brief 42 minutes, we need more X and less blab.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 10, 2002
For a film about action, Ultimate X is the gabbiest giant-screen movie ever, bogging down in a barrage of hype.
| Original Score: C-
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
May 10, 2002
Instead of a balanced film that explains the zeitgeist that is the X Games, we get a cinematic postcard that's superficial and unrealized.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
June 1, 2002
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.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Writer/director Bruce Hendricks subtracts from the experience by crafting a corporate propaganda film posing as a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 27, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Noah Davis
May 10, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
[A] spectacular extreme sports extravaganza.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 23, 2002
A Generation X artifact, capturing a brief era of insanity in the sports arena that surely cannot last.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
May 9, 2002
Great fun both for sports aficionados and for ordinary louts whose idea of exercise is climbing the steps of a stadium-seat megaplex.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
May 11, 2002
Ultimate X is a ride, basically the kind of greatest-hits reel that might come with a subscription to ESPN the Magazine.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
June 7, 2002
A thrill ride blown up to gigantic mind-blowing proportions; played out over a booming rock 'n roll soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
The film contains so much eye-popping footage that even viewers who have never seen the X Games can't help but be fascinated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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