The X-files: I Want To Believe (Special Edition)

The X-files: I Want To Believe (Special Edition)
The X-files: I Want To Believe (Special Edition)
  • NR
  • 1h 48m
  • 2008
Rotten31%
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When a group of women are mysteriously abducted, it becomes a case right out of The X-Files™. The best team for the job is ex-agents Fox Mulder and Dr. Dana Scully, who have no desire to revisit their dark past. Still, the truth of these horrific crimes is out there somewhere…and it will take Mulder and Scully to find it.
© 2008 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
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
I.E. Weekly
Amy Nicholson
Rotten

The film's best scene is when Scully announces she'll perform a stem cell transplant that afternoo...

January 6, 2019
Time Out
Nigel Floyd
Rotten

Lazy plotting, so-so performances and squandered ideas lead to only one diagnosis: there is no com...

June 21, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Fresh

The movie gets into some pretty freaky territory in the third act, but for this casual fan of the...

January 6, 2019
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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
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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