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The X-Files - Fight the Future (1998)



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

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


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 8

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



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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

May 4, 1999

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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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.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Dark, funny, paranoid, arbitrary, humming with tamped-down eroticism and in love with all things weird: That's the good news.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Stylish, scary, sardonically funny and at times just plain gross.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Only two scenes in this spin-off are worth the time of followers of the TV series.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The director, Rob Bowman, is not some TV hack; his work is thrillingly kinetic.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Slate
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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.

July 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
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.

August 3, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)

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

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

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.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

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

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

... dumbed down and flattened out

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A huge disappointment.

April 8, 2004 Full Review | Comment (1)

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.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
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.
March 30, 2012
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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.
January 30, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Released in between two seasons, Fight the Future was a sad cop-out that only true fans could enjoy (I am one of them).
July 16, 2010
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