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

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Cast

David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
Amanda Peet
as Dakota Whitney
Billy Connolly
as Father Joseph Crissman
Callum Keith Rennie
as Janke Dacyshyn
Adam Godley
as Father Ybarra
Fagin Woodcock
as Franz Tomczeszyn
Alex Diakun
as Gaunt Man
Carrie Ruscheinsky
as Margaret Fearon
Nicki Lynn Aycox
as Second Victim
Spencer Maybee
as Blair Fearon
Xzibit
as Agent Mosley Drummy
Marco Niccoli
as Christian Fearon
Veronika Hadrava
as Female Assistant
Denis Krasnogolov
as Male Assistant
Patrick Keating
as Slight Man
Roger Horchow
as Elderly Gent
Stephen E. Miller
as Feed Store Propietor
Xantha Radley
as Monica Bannan
Lorena Gale
as On Screen Doctor
Donavon Stinson
as Suited Man
Dion Johnstone
as First Cop
Sarah-Jane Redmond
as Special Agent in Charge
Christina D'Alimonte
as Doctor's Colleague
Vanesa Tomasino
as Hallway Agent
Luvia Petersen
as O.R. Nurse
Babs Chula
as Surgeon
J.P. Finn
as Whispering Priest
Beth Siegler
as Anesthesiologist
Tom Charron
as Sheriff Horton
Brent C.S. O'Connor
as Tow Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (37)

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

Full Review… | December 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film's best scene is when Scully announces she'll perform a stem cell transplant that afternoon and immediately rushes to Google it.

July 31, 2008
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

There may be no going back, as much as we might want to believe otherwise.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2)

Would have been a pretty good two-parts episode of the show. As a big movie it's a little underwhelming and stuck in the same handful of places over and over. At least the showdown is wonderfully creepy and the final frame pretty strong.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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