The X-Files: I Want to Believe

The X-Files: I Want to Believe
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  • PG-13
  • 1h 44m
  • 2008
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Fox Mulder and Dana Scully return for a sequel to the original X-Files and the hit TV Series.
© 2008 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten31%
Critics 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.
Reviews
Time Out
David Fear
Fresh

January 6, 2019
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones
Rotten

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

June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Fresh

The best thrillers dig deeper than this one does, as did the best of The X Files on TV before the...

January 6, 2019
Guardian
Catherine Shoard
Rotten

Even the most devout X-Files fan may have their faith tested by this snoozy addition to the franch...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Second X-Files movie is grisly, disappointing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the second X-Files movie (which is a stand-alone story, not a continuation of the series' core conspiracy) is more likely to appeal to adult fans of the '90s TV show than to teens, though some may still be interested. Be warned that it's pretty grisly (more so than the earlier movie): It includes graphic, horrifyingly detailed depictions of "scientific" medical procedures on unwilling victims, including lengthy, Silence of the Lambs-esque moments of a young woman in captivity awaiting her fate and images of severed limbs, ghastly stitches, copious amounts of blood, and more. Also, a psychic helping the FBI investigate the abduction of an agent is a convicted pedophile ex-priest with 37 victims; the character's crimes are in the past -- and deeply regretted -- but still discussed at great length.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Release Date:July 25, 2008
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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