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: July 24, 2008
DVD 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.

Aaron Asadi

Time has moved on, and it is hard to find a reason to believe in what is presented here.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The film's best scene is when Scully announces she'll perform a stem cell transplant that afternoon and immediately rushes to Google it.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

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

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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

The movie-a big fat episode, essentially, with a noticeably constrained budget-is a satisfying thriller, with romantic and religious angst substituting for explosions and chase scenes.

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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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Julie Washington
Cleveland Plain Dealer

I Want to Believe will be tossed on the heap with the rest of the unnecessary remakes, adaptations and sequels.

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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.
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
Jens S.
Would have been a pretty good two-parts episode of the show. As a big movie it's a little underwhelming and stuck in the same handful of places over and… 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
Dean King
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
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...