The X-Files: I Want To Believe

20th Century Fox Released 2008


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The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a 2008 science fiction film and the second feature film based on the acclaimed television show, The X-Files. The film takes place six years after the television series ended, a time reflecting how long the film was in development. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their classic roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The film begins with Scully and Mulder still retired from the FBI, with Mulder on the lam as a fugitive and Scully working as a doctor at a Catholic hospital. When an FBI agent mysteriously disappears and the case's only clue is an excommunicated priest who claims to see visions of the crime. Due to the time-sensitive and supernatural nature of the case, the FBI enlists former agents Mulder and Scully to help get to the bottom of the bizarre crime. The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a sci-fi thriller featuring the smart paranormal storytelling that is the acclaimed series' trademark.



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  • 50

    Variety Brian Lowry

    The warming glow of nostalgia only goes so far, with one's level of forgiveness likely dictated by where they reside along the "X-Files" fan continuum.

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Baggy, draggy, oddly timed and strangely off the mark, The X-Files: I Want to Believe is the generally bad-news follow-up to the show's first feature-film incarnation, "The X-Files."

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    Even at its stride, "The X-Files" was a load of malarkey. But it was thoughtful malarkey and compulsively watchable. One could say the same about the first two-thirds of The X-File...

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