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  • Summary: With the dubious assistance of a paranoid doctor, Mulder and Scully risk their careers and their lives to hunt down a deadly virus which may be extraterrestrial in origin - and could destroy all life on earth! (Fox)
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
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  1. Dark, funny, paranoid, arbitrary, humming with tamped-down eroticism and in love with all things weird: That's the good news.
  2. Neither true believers nor newcomers to the phenomenon will be disappointed.
  3. 75
    As pure movie, The X-Files more or less works. As a story, it needs a sequel, a prequel, and Cliff Notes.
  4. 60
    The X-Files movie is really just a two-hour teaser for the series's sixth season. And little else. You will feel exactly like Mulder when he says, "How many times have we been right here before, Scully? So close to the truth?"
  5. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    60
    The problem is, the main conspiracy of the show is so vast, you have to walk around it a couple of times before you can see what it is.
  6. With its shrewd mixture of paranoia and the paranormal, the way its elaborate mythology combines enigmatic phenomena with potent cabals intent on running the world, The X-Files experience resembles "Twin Peaks" crossed with "The Twilight Zone."
  7. 40
    Essentially a supersize episode that ignores a slew of fifth-season developments and adds yet another monster to the mix, one that owes a striking debt to "Alien."

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. kitty
    Jul 9, 2008
    10
    The tv show is my favorite thing to ever be aired on tv, and this movie is just like a really long episode. it is creepy to a point, and even The tv show is my favorite thing to ever be aired on tv, and this movie is just like a really long episode. it is creepy to a point, and even then I had some moments when I almost jumped clear up to the ceiling, which is rare for me. Plus I saw this before wathcing the show and I totally got it! And anyways this movie makes perfect sense to alien-obsessed me. Can't wait for the new movie! Expand
  2. LucasR.
    Jan 10, 2008
    10
    Awesome X-Files movie. It was like an episode, but two hours long; I was thrilled all the time. Worth watching.
  3. Feb 17, 2013
    9
    This is a great X Files movie that is what it is suppose to be nothing else. It is not about what's more entertaining that's out there this isThis is a great X Files movie that is what it is suppose to be nothing else. It is not about what's more entertaining that's out there this is just the X Files you like it or you don't. I find it to be written in a very intelligent way. The chemistry between David and Gillian is just so fantastic. Thanks be to Chris Carter and the team. Expand
  4. KatieK.
    Jul 29, 2008
    8
    would like to have more of a continuation of the last episode of the show....what happened to the potential alien takeover, etc. Too many would like to have more of a continuation of the last episode of the show....what happened to the potential alien takeover, etc. Too many unanswered questions to just go back to business as usual. Disappointed that Scully STILL doesn't believe after all that happened in the last episode....that was really annoying and unrealistic. I am a diehard fan, so I would have watched it regardless, but I am disappointed that it was more like a TV CSI episode. Dana looked gaunt and depressed...eat some beef. Fox needs to eat less meat. I missed old characters...lone gunmen, cigarette man, etc. Skinner just had a cameo appearance. The other two agents were useless...and why they got a rapper musician to play an agent is beyond me....bring one of the old guys back from the show. Oh well, still I would watch it again. Hopefully they will do a third one. Expand
  5. Oct 24, 2014
    7
    This is a fantastic movie that honestly goes beyond the bounds of what I thought the X-Files was capable of. It pushes the metaplot forwardThis is a fantastic movie that honestly goes beyond the bounds of what I thought the X-Files was capable of. It pushes the metaplot forward while also serving to act as a cohesive individual story as well. I don't think you can get nearly as much out of this if you're not already familiar with all the x-files stuff, but it's very rewarding all the way though if you are. Expand
  6. Mar 16, 2014
    6
    More of an extended episode than anything else, this film adaptation of the phenomenal television series still manages delivers on many levelsMore of an extended episode than anything else, this film adaptation of the phenomenal television series still manages delivers on many levels despite its somewhat convoluted plot. Expand
  7. Sep 4, 2011
    5
    As a huge X-Files fan, I found the movie only okay. I could name several episodes that were much more entertaining than this film. Not to sayAs a huge X-Files fan, I found the movie only okay. I could name several episodes that were much more entertaining than this film. Not to say that there are some great moments, but few and far between. Expand

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