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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. Read critic reviews

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Though FBI special agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and his partner Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) once chased things that go bump in the night, his tireless search for the truth out there has led to his professional exile. However, a missing-persons case leads to the agents' reunion, along with an encounter with a priest (Billy Connolly) who may or may not be experiencing psychic visions.

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Billy Connolly
Father Joseph Crissman
Amanda Peet
ASAC Dakota Whitney
Xzibit
Agent Mosely Drummy
Callum Keith Rennie
2nd Abductor (Janke Dacyshyn)
Adam Godley
Father Ybarra
Nicki Aycox
2nd Victim
Fagin Woodcock
1st Abductor (Franz Tomczeszyn)
Marco Niccoli
Christian Fearon
Carrie Ruscheinsky
Margaret Fearon
Spencer Maybee
Blair Fearon
Xantha Radley
Monica Bannan
Lorena Gale
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Chris Carter
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Frank Spotnitz
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Mark Snow
Original Music
Brent O'Connor
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Bill Roe
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Mark S. Freeborn
Production Design
Tony Wohlgemuth
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Shirley Inget
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Lisa Tomczeszyn
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Critic Reviews for The X-Files: I Want to Believe

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  • Jul 03, 2016
    Aside from Duchovny and Anderson's prodigious chesmitry, there's little to work with in I Want To Believe, a confusing and highly convulted thriller within its themes and ill realized script, and might be the proof that the franchise doesn't translate from its groundbreaking TV predecessor to the big screen as greatly as one would have thought.
    Filipe P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2013
    A mundane tale of the macabre, The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a pointless epilogue to a once great television series. After several years of living in exile, former FBI agent Fox Mulder is offered clemency in exchange for assisting in an abduction case. Unfortunately the story has nothing to do with the series mythology, and barely touches on anything paranormal. Still, there are some interesting questions posed about faith and redemption. And the cast is fairly strong, featuring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, and Billy Connolly. However, the characters are largely underdeveloped; especially Mulder and Scully. The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a weak and uninspired thriller that adds nothing to the series.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2011
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2010
    Obviously, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" is not a film for casual viewers since nine seasons of a television series and a previous feature film precede it, but as it stands, with all that baggage, it's a powerful experience. What fans get is more of an epilogue to the characters than a full blown 'x-file' case, which is fine, because the deep characterizations are emotional, complex and riveting. Gillian Anderson turns in one of her finest performances and the film is so well shot, edited, scored and directed that it enhances the mood and the creepiness of the case. I really enjoy this rich ending to an always rich and detailed series.
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