Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. 88
    The movie works like thrillers used to work, before they were required to contain villains the size of buildings.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 171 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 89
  2. Negative: 26 out of 89
  1. 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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  2. 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 »
  3. Feb 17, 2013
    6
    I must say I am very disappointed in this film being the HUGE, X Files fan that I am. It just doesn't fit for an X Files movie. Basically whatI must say I am very disappointed in this film being the HUGE, X Files fan that I am. It just doesn't fit for an X Files movie. Basically what you get is a long drawn out episode which, after all this time is nothing less than terrible. Don't get me wrong it would have made a great 45 minute episode. To be honest I am a bigger fan of the monster of the week episodes than the main conspiracy story line. I am not sure if the later would have been a better choice for the movie or not. Like I said, after all this time to just get a long drawn out episode is not good and should be rectified. Full Review »