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

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
January 7, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 14, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 75/100
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
August 17, 2008
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 6, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 1, 2008
It's like an especially gloomy episode of the series, stretched a bit too long. And we miss the ad breaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
August 1, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 1, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 3/5

The Sun (UK)
August 1, 2008
The movie works as a decent enough thriller, but lacks some of the X factor of the original series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 1, 2008
I Want to Believe is too little, too late: a timid stab at reviving 1990s terror tropes in an age when the fuzzy fear of sci-fi has been replaced by darker and more real stories narrated by al-Qa'eda and CIA Black Ops teams.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
July 31, 2008
An okay paranormal mystery, with solid work from the regulars - but please Mr Carter, next time, could we have liver-eating mutants or post-modern comedy like the really good episodes of The X Files?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
July 29, 2008
There is comfort just in spending time with Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) six years after the series ended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 28, 2008
It isn't wine, and time doesn't do it any favors. But I do want to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 28, 2008
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.
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
July 28, 2008
A lot of those [stand-alone] episodes have been phenomenal, but this movie is not nearly on that level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 27, 2008
If you are an X-Files fan, this is a journey worth taking with enough comforting familiarity to make it satisfying. If you know nothing about the X-Files, the film stands on its own well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
July 26, 2008
This movie feels ten years too late, out of season (this is a Winter film, not summer) and sort of perfunctory. I like it in that luke warm hot apple pie kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dustin Putman
July 26, 2008
As a genre effort, it's strictly forgettable, but as an emotional addendum into the ongoing lives of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, it is satisfying and bittersweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
July 25, 2008
What the movie boils down to is a rather queasy rumination on good science vs. bad science, good faith vs. bad faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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