38

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The performers are more competent than compelling, a common failing of faith-based films. Blame the edge-free, freshly-scrubbed characters that they play. Sadly, even as a safe-for-seniors saga ready-made for The Hallmark Channel, this is pretty thin gruel.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
This second feature based on a best-selling book by Jim Stovall is mainly repetitive in its themes and suffers from a melodramatic plotline and hamfisted execution.
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30

The New York Times

By Daniel M. Gold
The Ultimate Life is hampered by a predictable story, stereotypical characters and wooden acting.
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25

Slant Magazine

By Drew Hunt
Its thinly veiled message of social conservatism and religious affirmations as the pathway to an ideal life is delivered with all the predigested sentimentality of a Hallmark card.
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25

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
The message of The Ultimate Life could be summed up on a greeting card. Or rather, 12 greeting cards.
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20

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Again. Via Red’s experiences as a young man and wildcatter, Jason learns that money cannot buy happiness. What the viewers learn is that money can’t buy a good movie either.
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10

Variety

By Geoff Berkshire
At least the narrative sloppiness and ineptly delivered themes in the script by Brian Bird and Lisa G. Shillingburg (freely adapted from the novel by Jim Stovall) feel of a piece with the entire production.
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19 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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