The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008)

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully with this long-delayed big-screen continuation that revives the series six years after it headed off the air in 2002. Creator Chris Carter returns to… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 2, 2008
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The chemistry between leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson do live up to The X-Files' televised legacy, but the roving plot and droning routines make it hard to identify just what we're meant to believe in.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Only a fan would be inclined to tolerate this dunderheaded mystery.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The movie gets into some pretty freaky territory in the third act, but for this casual fan of the series, it's a strong effort featuring some great characters.

Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

There was a lot of secrecy surrounding the new X-Files movie... But the film's big secret is out now: it sucks.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

Casual filmgoers may wonder why theyâ(TM)ve just sat through whatâ(TM)s simply a decent episode writ large.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

There may be no going back, as much as we might want to believe otherwise.

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Ali Gray

Even the apologists will have to admit that this is not the X-Files movie they'd hoped for.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Lazy plotting, so-so performances and squandered ideas lead to only one diagnosis: there is no compelling reason to keep this moribund formula on a life-support machine.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Astute readers will note that I have abstained from making cheap cracks about the I Want to Believe title, an almost superhuman feat given this movie's abundance of sheer nonsense.

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Joshua Starnes

Is it a stirring final hurrah for the show, wrapping up all its dangling plot threads? No. Is it an excellent evocation of what the show was, with a depth of soul and character most thrillers still don't bother with? Yes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
So-so two hour tv episode. . the entire plot was even more absurd i think in retrospect. . you def did not need any xfiles knowledge prior to this.
Anthony Lawrie
I want to believe tackles some fairly big issues, I have to say I was quite pleasantly surprised. I missed the last few series of the X-Files but it didn't… More
Dean !
I was a big fan of the TV series but missed some of the last two series. This is definitely set after the end of the last series, both agents are now doing… More
Steven Carrier
Obviously, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" is not a film for casual viewers since nine seasons of a television series and a previous feature film… More
Alex roy
Follow up to S Files: Fight For The Future is a different change of pace than the first Sci Fi Horror film that was so terrific to watch. Elements that made the… More
Morgan Salem
Slow and Long. I got distracted and I just couldnt really pay attention. I do wish they still had the original series on tv...