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The Ultimate Life

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Michael Landon Jr.

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Plot Summary

This touching story of hope and family values is the follow-up to the heartwarming film and best-selling book The Ultimate Gift. Years after receiving life-changing gifts from his granddad, Jason Stevens finds himself in need of guidance again. With everything he loves in jeopardy, he embarks on an incredible journey into the past, through his granddad’s journal, to find guidance for his future.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 11
  • Fresh: 2
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 3.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: "The Ultimate Life" is hampered by a predictable story, stereotypical characters and wooden acting. – Daniel M. Gold, New York Times, Sep 6, 2013

Rotten: A terminally dull piece of faith-based family-values filmmaking designed to appeal strictly to the converted. – Geoff Berkshire, Variety, Sep 6, 2013

Rotten: The message of "The Ultimate Life" could be summed up on a greeting card. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Sep 5, 2013

Rotten: 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. – Drew Hunt, Slant Magazine, Sep 4, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Not as bad as critics say

I think lots of people rate for technicality's sake and forego the meaning behind the film. So, on that level, one can definitely tell there was far less budget on this film over the first. My only real complaint is that the story feels like it was edited too much, and feels like you are missing parts. I would be really interested in seeing a director's cut of this movie. I would also like to see the story behind the movie.
All that negative aside, I think the message is good and a great reminder of what really matters in life. While most people understand the tenets of this film, it serves as a great reminder how quickly distractions can turn into lost periods of time.
I would recommend people watch this and The Ultimate Gift once in a while, but look past the imperfections and realize that the heart behind the story is more important than any imperfections others might point out.

Not nearly as good as the first movie

While the flashback story of Red’s life (where most of the move is spent) is reasonably good, the bookend scenes that set up the premise are weak and forgettable. It’s painful to see characters from one of my favorite movies recast (in the case of Jason) and underplayed, though the screenplay gave them nothing of interest to work with anyway. If you’re a fan of Ultimate Gift, it’s worth a watch. Otherwise, you’ll probably want to pass. For me, it was worth a rental, but I’m glad I didn’t buy it.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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