X-Files

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20th Century Fox Released 1998

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Director:
Rob Bowman
Released:
1998
Rating:
PG-13
The X-Files is the first feature film created based on the hit Fox television series starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents Mulder and Scully, the two investigators assigned to solve supernatural and paranormal mysteries. The film begins following the season five finale of the TV series, an episode called “The End.” Cigarette Smoking Man has burned the X-Files office. Agents Mulder and Scully have been reassigned to other areas, and the film opens with them dealing with a bomb threat in Dallas, Texas. Despite their best efforts, the bomb goes off, killing four people. Mulder and Scully are chastised for allowing the deaths to happen. However, a doctor tells them the explosion victims were already dead when the bomb went off, suggesting someone wanted to cover-up how they really died. Mulder and Scully are then thrust back into the world of the paranormal, working as rogue agents against the orders of their superiors to find the truth behind the four deaths and discover what the mysterious Syndicate is really up to. The X-Files, also known as The X-Files: Fight the Future, is an action-packed thrill ride featuring the same smart science fiction writing that made the television series a modern classic.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Though both stars are sometimes eclipsed when the film strains for big action episodes, Mr. Duchovny sustains enough cool, deadpan intellect and suppressed passion to give the stor...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    With its shrewd mixture of paranoia and the paranormal, the way its elaborate mythology combines enigmatic phenomena with potent cabals intent on running the world, The X-Files exp...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Falls somewhere in between standing on its own feet as a real movie worth the price of a ticket and merely being a glorified TV episode refitted for theaters.

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