The X-Files movie is really just a two-hour teaser for the series's sixth season. And little else.
Dark, funny, paranoid, arbitrary, humming with tamped-down eroticism and in love with all things weird: That's the good news.
| Original Score: B+
Stylish, scary, sardonically funny and at times just plain gross.
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.
Only two scenes in this spin-off are worth the time of followers of the TV series.
The director, Rob Bowman, is not some TV hack; his work is thrillingly kinetic.
The truth may be out there, but it's certainly not in here.
Had the creator of The X-Files set out to prove that tiny theorem, he couldn't have done a better job.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are enormously sympathetic heroes.
| Original Score: 3/4
Who hasn't walked into a movie late and tried desperately to catch up with the plot, to make sense of what's on the screen?
| Original Score: 2.5/5
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a two-hour episode of the show, except with better production values and a nicer wardrobe for Scully.
One of the season's more lightly enjoyable mainstream offerings.
Conspiracy theorists, consider this: What if the hush-hush atmosphere and Internet mania surrounding the first X-Files feature film were part of a giant plot to hide the uneventfulness of one more summertime sci-fi fizzle?
| Original Score: 2/5
As pure movie, The X-Files more or less works. As a story, it needs a sequel, a prequel, and Cliff Notes.