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

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Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
July 26, 2008
As bad as the final season of the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 24, 2008
A movie that benefits from -- but doesn't make very good use of -- the history and the chemistry between its stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
| Original Score: 2/5
July 24, 2008
The greatest X-File of all may be solving what paranormal phenomenon convinced Fox to greenlight this piece of crap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
October 14, 2012
Even the apologists will have to admit that this is not the X-Files movie they'd hoped for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 25, 2008
Rather than providing a springboard to a movie franchise, this film puts the final nail in The X-Files' coffin. Mulder and Scully can now fade into pop culture history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 24, 2008
[The big plot twist is] so tawdry and ludicrous that, were the film's tone anything but Carter's usual dark and downbeat style, this movie would be the new I Know Who Killed Me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2008
The story is both a muddle and a drag, having to do with stem cell research and regeneration and missing limbs and a fraught psychic, and that's enough detail for the purposes of this review.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
A sloppy, second-rate entry in the catalog of standalone X-Files adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
Cinematical
July 24, 2008
There are questions about faith and ethics and redemption in The X-Files: I Want to Believe ... Carter and his team want to give us reasons to believe; I just don't think they gave us any reason to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 25, 2008
There's a terrible crime going on against Mulder/Scully. They're being forced to talk to death, beaten about the bush, blued in the face. Crimes like this can break your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 25, 2008
The truth is, they're boring now.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
August 8, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
July 24, 2008
The only mystery worth answering here is: Why did they bother?
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
July 24, 2008
This latest, and presumably last, X-Files installment is not an unpleasant way to pass a couple of hours, provided you, too, want to believe. But you have to want it pretty badly.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
July 24, 2008
[Carter's] reasonably firm grasp of thriller mechanics can't enliven a tale that amounts to simply a mundane, overlong one of the show's stand-alone, mythology-free episodes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 24, 2008
Cheaply shot, discernibly under-written, decently acted, unimaginatively directed, and ultimately pointless.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
July 24, 2008
As a TV episode, it would be unmemorable but OK. As a theatrical feature requiring paid admission and a two-hour time commitment, uh, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
July 31, 2008
A huge disappointing crime drama. Duchovny and Anderson clearly still hate their iconic characters. The Amanda Peet Curse continues.
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Catherine Shoard
Guardian
August 1, 2008
Even the most devout X-Files fan may have their faith tested by this snoozy addition to the franchise, which glides into cinemas with all the urgency of a Dalek with a flat battery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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