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The X-Files - Fight the Future (1998)


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 44
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Results may vary for newcomers, but fans of the series will enjoy its big-screen transition.

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: Results may vary for newcomers, but fans of the series will enjoy its big-screen transition.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 65,917



Movie Info

This 60-million-dollar science fiction suspense drama (marketed with an additional 25 million dollars), was adapted from the popular TV series The X-Files -- arriving in theaters while the Emmy-winning series was still being aired, continuing plot threads familiar to many of the series' 25 million viewers, and featuring several familiar recurring characters introduced during the previous five TV seasons. In 15,000 B.C., a strange creature attacks a caveman. Cut to present day, when a boy at the … More

PG-13 (violence)
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Chris Carter
In Theaters:
May 4, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for The X-Files - Fight the Future

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (25) | DVD (30)

The X-Files movie is really just a two-hour teaser for the series's sixth season. And little else.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Dark, funny, paranoid, arbitrary, humming with tamped-down eroticism and in love with all things weird: That's the good news.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Stylish, scary, sardonically funny and at times just plain gross.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

As it is, pic serves up set-pieces and a measure of scope that are beyond TV size but remain rather underwhelming by feature standards.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Top Critic

Only two scenes in this spin-off are worth the time of followers of the TV series.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The director, Rob Bowman, is not some TV hack; his work is thrillingly kinetic.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Top Critic

Chris Carter had the daunting task of pleasing fans of the show, while at the same time not alienating those new to it. It's a balancing act that he mostly achieved, but in the end it's probably best enjoyed by those who are already fans.

Full Review… | July 9, 2011
Three Movie Buffs

I want to believe this latest X-Files film was created for a reason other than financial reward, but I find it difficult to guess at what that reason might have been.

Full Review… | August 3, 2008

...lives up to the standard set by its small-screen predecessor's superb early seasons.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Reel Film Reviews


Full Review… | May 19, 2008

Some fans will be pleased, others annoyed and endless online discussion will be generated, while X virgins will most likely wonder what all the fuss is about.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One big, vaguely ominous blur, in which nothing really seems to be at stake except Chris Carter's future as a movie creator.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

If you watch the show religiously, you've probably already seen it this weekend.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Production-wise, the film is pretty slick with large budget F/X helping the upscale television production.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

... dumbed down and flattened out

Full Review… | January 29, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A huge disappointment.

Full Review… | April 8, 2004

I'm sure that fans of the show were satisfied, but others may find this movie uninvolving and its conspiracy theories juvenile. It's nothing more than a two-hour promotion for the television series that fails to resolve any of the conflicts it introduces.

August 11, 2003

It's a great way to relieve the anxiety that the series' endless mysteries have built.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003
Film Blather

The sci-fi action movie probably has little to offer those not already hooked on the series. Trust me.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for The X-Files - Fight the Future

A young boy in Texas is infected by a mysterious contageon and when it seems as if an entire office building is destroyed by a phoney terrorist attack just to cover it up, Mulder and Scully investigate. I was a big fan of the X-Files in the beginning but it became increasingly obvious that the alien conspiracy storyline was just being made up as they went, leading to one unsatisfying plot development after another that never contained any real answers. At the time, everyone hoped that Fight The Future would finally explain all but when this turned out to be yet another load of half answered questions it meant exasperation and disillusionment all round. On revisiting it, I found it a lot easier to be objective and I must admit that knowing what happens afterward, the film actually makes a lot more sense. It opens very strongly with the usual banter from the extremely likeable leads and attractive visuals with good use of the cinematic media giving it the epic sweep it needed to make the translation to the big screen. Unfortunately the plot follows the typical alien conspiracy formula with the usual mysterious source coming to Mulder in a back alleys and Scully getting kidnapped and experimented on YET AGAIN, but it does have some decent set pieces and has stood up quite well on the whole. But because of the overly familiar plot devices it does just feel like a two-parter and as such will be completely incomprehensible to the casual viewer. Recommended for fans, but others shouldn't really bother to try wrap their heads around it.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


After The success of the show, it was obvious that a film would conclude it's terrific run. X Files: Fight The Future is a terrific Sci Fi Horror film with a fairly good story and decent enough acting to keep one entertained. Moulder and Scully are back one the trail of the paranormal, and this film succeeds in providing the viewer with head scratching questions. This is an enjoyable film that will appeal to Sci Fi fans as well as Horror fans. The story steadily builds up to a tense climax and pays off, and this film ends on a high note.
The film will appeal to diehard fans of the series. The film has a terrific atmosphere of mystery and doubt. All the elements that made the TV show great are here and the finished product is very well done. The reason the film works so well is that they were able to keep all the key elements that made the show entertaining and great while expanding the plot to be more complex, intriguing, mysterious and horrifying. This film is a fairly good attempt for the show to transcend to the big screen. There are enough thrills to keep diehard fans interested. And people who haven't watched the show will probably enjoy the film as well. A film that full of mystery, thrills, horror and good old crime drama, this is one film that can appeal to a broad audience, and not just Horror fans or Sci Fi fans. A terrific film that has been been very well crafted, entertaining and well written, this is a film that even though flawed will definitely entertain you if you're in the mood for something different. This film is a change of pace from many of the Sci Fi / Horror films that we have seen.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Released in between two seasons, Fight the Future was a sad cop-out that only true fans could enjoy (I am one of them).

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

I was definitely in the minority when I saw this film. I had never watched the TV show. But I loved the movie, and it made me wish I had watched the show.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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