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...

  • Not perfect, but definitely worth the watch.

    I went to go see it on opening day (July 25th) with my mom and a friend of mine. The theater wasn't even close to full (it was a matinee -- only had to pay $4.50 to go and see it). But in terms of the movie itself -- I didn't mind it, it wasn't NEARLY as bad as people have been saying it was. But the plot wasn't as good as it could have been.

    Chris Carter should have had some help with it in terms of getting it better organized and stuff -- I mean, it took 6 years to get this film made... and this was the best that they could come up with... Now don't get me wrong, this is just my inner Phile talking... the one who watched the series... I was just disappointed with that part of the movie, in particular -- not the overall film in and of itself. It wasn't bad -- in fact I loved it :).

    Both David and Gillian did a VERY good job acting in it. I saw them as the characters themselves (Mulder and Scully) -- and it took me back to a time when television was still good. The jokes aren't as good as they used to be, but I'm not one to complain... I still laughed.

    It was a welcome reprieve from what I've been seeing on tv as of late -- and some scenes just were priceless... and rather unexpected . Glad to see that they were able to portray things realistically in terms of Mulder and Scully's relationship -- it's a 'mature love' kind of one now, but that does NOT mean that the chemistry isn't there -- I can assure all of you, it's DEFINITELY still there ;).

    In the end, in spite of the films flaws... it's a film that makes you think... there are quite a few themes in it, that certainly made me think and for that I am grateful to have seen this movie.

    And for those planning on seeing this movie, go into it with an open mind, make sure to read Roger Ebert's review on it, since he (for the most part) has the themes of it down pat, don't go in there expecting a traditional X-File, because you are NOT going to be getting one -- this one is more of a character study... not that that is bad, it just reintroduces people to the characters... so in the future we can move onto more traditional fare, and just have some fun watching it.


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