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Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33

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  1. 38
    The truth is, indeed, still out there. And when Carter finds it, may he heed its wisdom: Let go.
  2. We waited 10 years for a sequel to the movie version of "The X-Files" – and the best Chris Carter could do is The X-Files: I Want to Believe?
  3. 30
    The truth is still out there, like an unsold lawn chair at a garage sale, in this just plain lousy second big-screen outing for erstwhile FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
  4. 30
    Even at its stride, "The X-Files" was a load of malarkey. But it was thoughtful malarkey and compulsively watchable. One could say the same about the first two-thirds of The X-Files: I Want to Believe before it spins out of control and into a delirious plane of awfulness.
  5. 11
    They've become deadly dull, these two once-keen buckers of bureaucratic BS, and watching them interact on screen is akin to having your pleasure centers removed by knobby little aliens whose only knowledge of mankind comes from Jack Webb's stoically unvarying television incarnations.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 189 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 90
  2. Negative: 26 out of 90
  1. Mar 6, 2015
    7
    A curiosity rather than a success as The X-Files tries a standard killer thriller rather than the paranormal/extraterrestial world that workedA curiosity rather than a success as The X-Files tries a standard killer thriller rather than the paranormal/extraterrestial world that worked so well in the series. Elevated by strong performances from Anderson, Duchovny and Connolly, this outing is enjoyable for fans who will still hope for more of the weird and wonderful should there be a third big screening outing. Full Review »
  2. Aug 25, 2014
    8
    If I didn't know this was an X-Files movie, I wouldn't view it as one either.

    For a fan of X-Files, this was like... one of those files
    If I didn't know this was an X-Files movie, I wouldn't view it as one either.

    For a fan of X-Files, this was like... one of those files that was done in between the hot stuff.

    The plot was good, the acting great as usual, the characters "sound", and the movie looked great altogethert; nothing unexpected. The story itself, though, seemed to take off from nowhere. It makes it easier if you finish the series first, then watch the movie, because some of the things Mulder and Scully refer to take place very late in the TV-show.

    The sense of uncertainty of what had happened in the past helped to create an illusion that time had passed after Mulder and Scully last worked for FBI. Probably that was what they wanted to show, too; they had both moved on, yet in Mulder's case, there is no turning one's back to the X-Files.

    David Duchovny definitely looks older. Gillian Anderson, who has never been at a top of my list, actually managed to pull this one off very well, and looked quite stunning.

    All in all, a steady movie with action and tugging back and forth with the plot in a traditional X-Files style, but if you're looking for a supernatural thrill, this really isn't it.

    Also, now that I take a look at it, I have no idea why this one is rated PG-13; there are some very detailed, gruesome moments (let's call them medical experiments).
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  3. Feb 15, 2014
    5
    The second take on the X files proves to be a definite disappointment, Especially for true fans of the series. I want to believe it's a goodThe second take on the X files proves to be a definite disappointment, Especially for true fans of the series. I want to believe it's a good movie. I do. But It's just not good. Full Review »