The X-Files - Fight the Future

1998

The X-Files - Fight the Future

Critics Consensus

Results may vary for newcomers, but fans of the series will enjoy its big-screen transition.

65%

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Total Count: 72

72%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 66,463
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This 60-million-dollar science fiction suspense drama (marketed with an additional 25 million dollars), was adapted from the popular TV series The X-Files -- arriving in theaters while the Emmy-winning series was still being aired, continuing plot threads familiar to many of the series' 25 million viewers, and featuring several familiar recurring characters introduced during the previous five TV seasons. In 15,000 B.C., a strange creature attacks a caveman. Cut to present day, when a boy at the same North Texas spot falls into a pit and is contaminated by a black substance. When a bomb threatens the Dallas Federal Building, special FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) locate the device but are unable to prevent the explosion. The agency blames Mulder and Scully for the disaster, subjecting them to lengthy interrogations while trying to sever their partnership. In a bar, conspiracy theorist Kurtzweil (Martin Landau), a friend of Mulder's father, tells Mulder about the group behind the explosion, the cover-up of the boy's death, the bodies of four infected rescue workers removed from the Federal Building, the secret government, and the forthcoming plague. Mulder and Scully set out to find answers, and their investigation becomes a foray into the fantastic. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast

David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
Martin Landau
as Dr. Alvin Kurtzwell
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Conrad Strughold
Blythe Danner
as Jana Cassidy
William B. Davis
as Cigarette-Smoking Man
John Neville
as Well-Manicured Man
Mitch Pileggi
as Walter Skinner
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Dr. Ben Bronschweig
Terry O'Quinn
as Darius Michaud
Don S. Williams
as Group Elder
George Murdock
as 2nd Elder
Michael Shamus Wiles
as Black-Haired Man
Craig Davis
as Primitive
Carrick O'Quinn
as Primitive
Tom Woodruff Jr.
as Creature 2
Terry W. King
as FBI Agent on Roof
Luis Beckford
as FBI Agent
Steve Rankin
as Field Agent
Gary Grubbs
as Fire Captain Cooles
Steven M. Gagnon
as Last Agent Out
Glendon Rich
as DC Cops
Gunther Jensen
as Security Guard
Scott Smith
as Technician
Ian Ruskin
as The Well-Manicured Man's Valet
Paul Welterien
as Control Room Operator
Jack Traywick
as Young Naval Guard
Milton Johns
as British Valet
Paul Turpei
as Paramedic
Michael Krawic
as Paramedic
Larry Rippenkroeger
as Towncar Driver
Josh McLaglen
as Buzz Milhoe
Randy Hall
as Windbreakered Agent
Amine Zary
as Tunisian
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Critic Reviews for The X-Files - Fight the Future

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (25)

  • I came close to getting very excited on several different occasions, and that's saying something when you consider that I thought the experience would be more like participating in a card game that's beyond my comprehension.

    Feb 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara

    CNN.com
    Top Critic
  • I predict you'll be pleasantly surprised, and may even find yourself in front of the TV on Sunday nights with the rest of us X-Files groupies.

    Feb 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The X-Files movie is really just a two-hour teaser for the series's sixth season. And little else.

    May 19, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Dark, funny, paranoid, arbitrary, humming with tamped-down eroticism and in love with all things weird: That's the good news.

    May 19, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Stylish, scary, sardonically funny and at times just plain gross.

    May 19, 2008 | Full Review…
  • As it is, pic serves up set-pieces and a measure of scope that are beyond TV size but remain rather underwhelming by feature standards.

    May 19, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The X-Files - Fight the Future

  • Jul 02, 2016
    Not delivering the amiable approach to the movie's subversive themes it might have hoped for, The X-Files tells a rather inconventional yet alluring conspiracy story that will defy one's belief within the format of a more ambitious episode of the eminent TV series, strongly supported by Duchovny and Anderson's indisputable chemistry.
    Filipe P Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2016
    The Alien Conspiracy finally comes to light in The X-Files: Fight the Future. Set between seasons 5 and 6 of the television series, FBI agents Mulder and Sully investigate the bombing of a federal building and uncover a sinister plot by a secret cabal to pave the way for alien colonization. Both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson bring their A-game and deliver strong performances. Additionally, several recurring characters from the series stop by for cameos. Some knowledge of the television show is helpful, but for the most part the film does a good job at giving the audience a taste of the series without overwhelming them with too much mythology. Exciting and full of thrills, The X-Files: Fight the Future delivers a compelling sci-fi adventure with aliens, shadowy organizations, and government conspiracies.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2012
    There have been better episodes of the show (some, in my view, rank with the best television ever done), but the film generally delivers on what it promises and still works almost 15 years after its release. The conspiracy arc of the "X-Files" universe, has always left me hot or cold. This film is definitely one of the better entries in that storyline, mostly because it succeeds in visually portraying the outlandish ideas Chris Carter develops. I'm a little sad the film is the only time we see Armin Mueller-Stahl deliver ominous and vague exposition for the Syndicate, Season 6 onwards of the show would have benefited from his presence (especially since John Neville's character got killed off here).
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2011
    I was always a fan of the X-Files television show and while it may have not been the best show around, it certainly kept my attention as a kid and watching several episodes as an adult it did have some good episodes. So, television and film are two totally different hurdles and making a show into a feature length film usually doesn't work that well but "X-Files: Fight the Future" works for what it sets out to do. By this I mean it is like a longer episode of the show and encompasses several characters we recognize from the series and their backgrounds are all put into this bigger vision of the same ideals. If you are/were a fan of the television series than you will probably appreciate this film but if you didn't like or were interested than pass on this as well. While not a great film for many reasons, I still enjoyed it with these expectations in mind.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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