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



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 direct, co-writing the script with series veteran Frank Spotnitz for 20th Century Fox. Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet and rapper Xzibit co-star in the stand-alone sequel.

Rating: PG-13 (for violent and disturbing content and thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2008
Box Office: $20.8M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


as Fox Mulder

as Dana Scully

as Dakota Whitney

as Father Joseph Crissm...

as Janke Dacyshyn

as Father Ybarra

as Franz Tomczeszyn

as Gaunt Man

as Margaret Fearon

as Second Victim

as Blair Fearon

as Agent Mosley Drummy

as Christian Fearon

as Female Assistant

as Male Assistant

as Slight Man

as Elderly Gent

as Feed Store Propietor

as Monica Bannan

as On Screen Doctor

as Suited Man

as First Cop

as Special Agent in Cha...

as Doctor's Colleague

as Hallway Agent

as O.R. Nurse

as Surgeon

as Whispering Priest

as Anesthesiologist

as Sheriff Horton

as Tow Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (36)

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

Full Review… | December 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

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

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011

The X Files: I Want to Believe ... feels like a TV episode that's been stretched out of shape, like a badly washed jumper

Full Review… | November 22, 2010
Movie Talk

A sloppy, second-rate entry in the catalog of standalone X-Files adventures.

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
Washington Times

Audience Reviews for The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)

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.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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 other work and are no longer in the FBI, until they called upon to help with an X file type case. This could be viewed as a stand alone film on it's own if you never saw any of the TV series (Really?!) However it just plays more like an extended episode and not really the type of story line the fans want to see in an X files film. It's ok but wont satisfy fans that loved the show so much. There might be a 3rd next year!

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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 first film so good are here, but they're watered down to make it less strainfull viewing on the viewer. The plot is more simpler and feels more like an episode of the X Files, at least thats how they could have done it. Moulder and Scully are called back in service to help investigate a series of bizarre disappearances. The film is a fairly decent film, but there is a feeling that the script could have been reworked a bit before being being green lit. The acting is decent enough to keep you interested and the story is intriguing, but it misses a little something to make it a much better, more developed plot for the film. Obviously this sequel would not be as strong as the first X-Files film, but the filmmakers manage to make an entertaining Sci Fi/mystery horror film. A good film to watch, but the sequel suffers from a lack of creative original ideas. The film could have played out as a two part episode of the show. This type of storyline could have been better off as an episode than an actual film. But the film is entertaining somewhat, it's good enough to entertain you, but it doesn't do anything phenomenal with the overall script.
The film overall lacks the Horror Sci Fi elements that made the first one great. Still watchable. Just expect something average while watching this film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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