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



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 161
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 110

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.


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 25

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.



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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. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Dec 2, 2008


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All Critics (165) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (110) | DVD (7)

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

December 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Casual filmgoers may wonder why they‚(TM)ve just sat through what‚(TM)s simply a decent episode writ large.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Lazy plotting, so-so performances and squandered ideas lead to only one diagnosis: there is no compelling reason to keep this moribund formula on a life-support machine.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie gets into some pretty freaky territory in the third act, but for this casual fan of the series, it's a strong effort featuring some great characters.

July 28, 2008 | Comments (2)
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There may be no going back, as much as we might want to believe otherwise.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comments (3)
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Astute readers will note that I have abstained from making cheap cracks about the I Want to Believe title, an almost superhuman feat given this movie's abundance of sheer nonsense.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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There was a lot of secrecy surrounding the new X-Files movie... But the film's big secret is out now: it sucks.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

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

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

November 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

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

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Leaves a trail of affecting impressions in its wake

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It was darker and murkier, and I didn't enjoy spending time with the characters, as I had on Friday nights more than ten years ago.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A handful of TV series have moved from lengthy small screen runs to the big screen; few can match The X-Files in consistent quality and ability to engage its audience.

January 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Unfortunately for this movie, television has evolved well past this degree of silliness and spoon feeding, leaving our beloved X-Files in the vault. I wanted to believe it would be fun movie, but this was definitely time spent.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

X-Files: I Want to Believe %u2014 it's almost like a mantra that Chris Carter is trying to get the audience to hear. Say it enough times and they will believe. Well, that's not the case.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

The X-Files 2: I Want to Believe isn't a groundbreaking film by any stretch %u2014 but that it challenges the viewer to consider certain moral imperatives in a season devoted to films revolving around explosions and fart jokes makes it a daring pie

August 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Comments (3)
Illinois Times

If you are going to go back to the 90s for source material, it had better come juiced with some modern day action.

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Carter has with The X-Files: I Want to Believe created a mediocre mystery that relies too frequently on coincidence and screenwriting convenience to elicit genuine interest, much less "belief" in its twists and turns.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Comment (1)
IGN Movies

There's a very strong spiritual underside to The X-Files: I Want to Believe. It gives the story a lot of emotional weight, while also making the creepy stuff that much more disturbing.

August 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Mulder and Scully are finally back on the case, but after six years apart, they could use a little platitude adjustment.

August 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

It's like an especially gloomy episode of the series, stretched a bit too long. And we miss the ad breaks.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

This is essentially just a bog-standard (if slightly gruesome) thriller, but it's a treat to see Anderson and Duchovny together again and fans of the show won't be disappointed.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The best thrillers dig deeper than this one does, as did the best of The X Files on TV before the series ran out of steam.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A plot dug out of the serial-killer deep freeze.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

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

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!
March 12, 2011

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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.
January 28, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I want to believe tackles some fairly big issues, I have to say I was quite pleasantly surprised. I missed the last few series of the X-Files but it didn't seem to matter, I'm glad they've moved the story on, this is still the X-Files, just a bit grown up. There are a few changes I didn't like, it's a shame M & S didn't work together so much but it's forgivable, just as long as they make another one soon!
January 7, 2011

Super Reviewer

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