The X-Files: I Want to Believe

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

The X-Files: I Want to Believe
The truth is still out there, so it’s time for the hit 90s TV drama to return with its second big screen incarnation. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully respectively, and are joined by a star-studded supporting cast including Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly and Xzibit. A supernatural thriller in the tradition of the TV series’ standalone shows, it focuses not only on scares and suspense, but will take the relationship between Mulder and Scully into previously uncharted waters.
2008Rating: M, contains violence105 minsUSA, Canada
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

never feels like it belongs on the big screen and, worst of all, it ends with Mulder and Scully indulging in a greasy, overly-long Hollywood-style kiss.

The only questions X-Files fans will be asking themselves afterwards is, why now? And, why this?

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The filmmakers insist this movie is a stand-alone, meaning you don't need to have watched a single episode of The X-Files to get it. Ha! Do the names Samantha, William and Skinner mean anything to do? If they don't ring a bell, expect a struggle. In not knowing who it needs to please, I Want to Believe pleases no one.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

If you go as an X-phile, you're likely to be disappointed. If you go as an ex-X-phile - that is, someone who parted company with the once-great sci-fi show about the time of its ambitious last movie in 1998, or hung on until Duchovny's Mulder left a season later - you're likely to be a little confused.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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-Files: I Want to Believe before it spins out of control and into a delirious plane of awfulness.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An okay paranormal mystery, with solid work from the regulars – but please Mr Carter, next time, could we have liver-eating mutants or post-modern comedy like the really good episodes of The X Files?

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

You've got to wonder why they bothered. The last X Files movie, released 10 years ago, seemed to wrap up things quite nicely, what with the alien spaceship, conspiracy paranoia and the big explosions.

2.0
0

A lot of viewers seem to think this would somehow be a cross between 'Avatar' and 'Godfather', when it was no secret it was essentially a "Monster of the Week super episode" on a small budget. (US$25-30m.) It looks great, like a return to the Vancouver days of the show, and with first-rate performances from Anderson, Duchovny and Connolly. The story is as...

4.0
0

Not being an X files acolyte, I was open to being surprised by the film, but sadly i wasn't. What i got was an average serial-killer crime thriller (like Se7en, along came a spider, or any hannibal lecter outing) but with less zing, and the X files cast. It was okay, but only just. Carter's direction seems mired in TV dramatics, and by the time the third...

2.0
0

I expected this movie to take me into the unknown, and I have not been taken there.

1.0
0

It was so good to see Scully and Mulder back on screen they were great. BUT this was ruined by the writers of this movie. I was hoping to see some extraterrestrial story, but instead it focused on paedophiles,murderers,body snatchers, and it is not for animal lovers either. This was definitely not X-Files focused. I was really disappointed.

1.0
0

...but loooonger. i remember the TV series being better, or maybe it was just briefer? A few good scares, some questionable medical practices, an interesting paranormal concept, but overall not one of the best stories. At least it was more comprehensible than I remember the first movie being. Nice to get a bit more depth of Scully's character, but 'spooky...

3.0
0

I used to love the earlier episodes of X-files before it got carried away with conspiracy theories, so I was looking forward to a stand alone episode. I found it a where are they now kind of story. Hugely better than the first movie. I really hope they make another. I feel my passion for the show has been revitalised. BTW stay to the end of the credits.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

never feels like it belongs on the big screen and, worst of all, it ends with Mulder and Scully indulging in a greasy, overly-long Hollywood-style kiss.

The only questions X-Files fans will be asking themselves afterwards is, why now? And, why this?

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

The filmmakers insist this movie is a stand-alone, meaning you don't need to have watched a single episode of The X-Files to get it. Ha! Do the names Samantha, William and Skinner mean anything to do? If they don't ring a bell, expect a struggle. In not knowing who it needs to please, I Want to Believe pleases no one.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

If you go as an X-phile, you're likely to be disappointed. If you go as an ex-X-phile - that is, someone who parted company with the once-great sci-fi show about the time of its ambitious last movie in 1998, or hung on until Duchovny's Mulder left a season later - you're likely to be a little confused.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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-Files: I Want to Believe before it spins out of control and into a delirious plane of awfulness.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An okay paranormal mystery, with solid work from the regulars – but please Mr Carter, next time, could we have liver-eating mutants or post-modern comedy like the really good episodes of The X Files?

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

You've got to wonder why they bothered. The last X Files movie, released 10 years ago, seemed to wrap up things quite nicely, what with the alien spaceship, conspiracy paranoia and the big explosions.

2.0
0

A lot of viewers seem to think this would somehow be a cross between 'Avatar' and 'Godfather', when it was no secret it was essentially a "Monster of the Week super episode" on a small budget. (US$25-30m.) It looks great, like a return to the Vancouver days of the show, and with first-rate performances from Anderson, Duchovny and Connolly. The story is...

4.0
0

Not being an X files acolyte, I was open to being surprised by the film, but sadly i wasn't. What i got was an average serial-killer crime thriller (like Se7en, along came a spider, or any hannibal lecter outing) but with less zing, and the X files cast. It was okay, but only just. Carter's direction seems mired in TV dramatics, and by the time the...

2.0
0

I expected this movie to take me into the unknown, and I have not been taken there.

1.0
0

It was so good to see Scully and Mulder back on screen they were great. BUT this was ruined by the writers of this movie. I was hoping to see some extraterrestrial story, but instead it focused on paedophiles,murderers,body snatchers, and it is not for animal lovers either. This was definitely not X-Files focused. I was really disappointed.

1.0
0

...but loooonger. i remember the TV series being better, or maybe it was just briefer? A few good scares, some questionable medical practices, an interesting paranormal concept, but overall not one of the best stories. At least it was more comprehensible than I remember the first movie being. Nice to get a bit more depth of Scully's character, but 'spooky...

3.0
0

I used to love the earlier episodes of X-files before it got carried away with conspiracy theories, so I was looking forward to a stand alone episode. I found it a where are they now kind of story. Hugely better than the first movie. I really hope they make another. I feel my passion for the show has been revitalised. BTW stay to the end of the credits.

4.0
0