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  • Summary: The supernatural thriller is a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show's most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the always-complicated relationship between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, andThe supernatural thriller is a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show's most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the always-complicated relationship between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied to Mulder's pursuits. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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.
  2. 63
    I Want to Believe provides a welcome reminder of what made Carter's franchise a pop-culture gem.
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    An okay paranormal mystery, with solid work from the regulars – but please Mr Carter, next time, could we have liver-eating mutants or post-modern comedy like the really good episodes of The X Files?
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    50
    A taut, well-acted, not very scary, not very hard to figure out serial-killer mystery.
  5. Anderson, who's turned Brit in a number of TV series and films, including "Bleak House" and "The Last King of Scotland," is compelling in her white lab coat and surgical scrubs, and she brings some real tenderness to her tete-a-tetes with Mulder.
  6. 50
    Worst of all, not once does Mulder answer his cell phone to hear those immortal lines: "It's Scully. There's been another death."
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 89
  2. Negative: 26 out of 89
  1. RickW.
    Dec 17, 2008
    10
    Excellent movie for the thinking man.
  2. JoshE.
    Aug 7, 2008
    9
    A well acted film including the right actors and actresses, followed by a serious thriller plot whilst bringing a new feel to the X-files, A well acted film including the right actors and actresses, followed by a serious thriller plot whilst bringing a new feel to the X-files, justifying the choice for a movie. There are fitting cameos and star performances blended well into a simple yet engaging adult storyline. Expand
  3. Mark
    Dec 6, 2008
    8
    Good movie. Not great, but good and definitely worth watching. I am a long time X-files watcher and I watched it with my girlfriend who has Good movie. Not great, but good and definitely worth watching. I am a long time X-files watcher and I watched it with my girlfriend who has never watched X-files. My girlfriend even liked it. Probably because there were no aliens in it :). You will feel left with some unanswered questions and a not fully explained plot, but a sense that you know where Scully and Mulder are these days and an entertaining murder-mystery. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Jul 26, 2008
    7
    Only Scully(Gillian Anderson), and Scully alone, can broach the subject of Mulder's sister to the ex-FBI agent. Fearing that Only Scully(Gillian Anderson), and Scully alone, can broach the subject of Mulder's sister to the ex-FBI agent. Fearing that Mulder(David Duchovny) may still be feeling the effects of cabin fever, Scully orientates him to the here and now, so when he leaves with the field agents to help locate a missing girl, it doesn't turn into a wild goose chase, conducted on synchronous time. Because Mulder loves Scully, no offense is taken by her implicit suggestion that he possesses an omnipresent mind. And because Scully is probably the most important person in Mulder's life, he lets the obvious go unspoken; that Dana Scully's return to practicing medicine is the act of a tortured soul. Mulder, he knows. He's been there. He's still there. Since "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" knows its characters intimately, fans surmise that Dana is seeking the approval of her father, albeit posthmously. In an episode from Season One called "Beyond the Sea"(featuring a great performance by Brad Dourif), Scully loses her father, and is aggreived by his unspoken disappointment that her departure from the medical profession in order to join the FBI caused him great consternation. She wants out. She wants to remain in the light. So Mulder goes into the darkness alone, but Scully is his dark light, and Mulder is hers. To quote Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather: Part III(I Want to Recast my Daughter's Part)", "Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in." Thankfully, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" is smaller in scale than the first film. Throughout its nine-year run on the Fox network, we saw enough signs of alien life and government conspiracies. Signs of love, that's what longtime fans want. Expand
  5. Harry
    Sep 20, 2008
    5
    Umm.... they did what with people :o i enjoyed it and it was a nice watch while waiting for step brothers to come on but I can almost promise Umm.... they did what with people :o i enjoyed it and it was a nice watch while waiting for step brothers to come on but I can almost promise ill never re watch it, one time was enough. Expand
  6. MikeL.
    Aug 21, 2008
    3
    Did not like it! It was cool seeing Mulder & Scully back together again, but the story??? They couldn't pick a better premise then that? Did not like it! It was cool seeing Mulder & Scully back together again, but the story??? They couldn't pick a better premise then that? Well, at least we will always have the show... Expand
  7. BrendanD
    Jul 28, 2008
    0
    Any way you slice it, this movie is a disaster from top to bottom. The one good part that even the scroogiest of critics point to is Gillian Any way you slice it, this movie is a disaster from top to bottom. The one good part that even the scroogiest of critics point to is Gillian Anderson's performance. Yes, it's fine, but when one is working with such a god-awful script, who cares? The banter is muddled at best, and the plot is a pale imitation of the show's lamest of episodes. But none of that would matter if something -- anything -- worked. Yet it's doesn't. [SPOILER ALERT] Everything, including the chiming of the theme when a picture of George W. Bush is seen outside an FBI conference room (which made me say aloud in the theater, "Well what the hell did THAT prove?"), is ham-fisted in a way that makes "Walker Texas Ranger" look like first-rate drama. And giving Skinner three lines (the second of which is a repeat of the first) is beyond hokey; why bring Mitch Pileggi back at all if that's all you were going to do? "I Want To Believe" doesn't ruin the show's legacy; most of those episodes are still insanely watchable a decade and a half later. But, like the Twin Peaks flick "Fire Walk With Me," though it has the same characters, the writers apparently lost the plot somewhere, and this version is yet another piece that proves "Star Trek" was about the only show that was ever able to make the leap from small-screen sci-fi to big-screen action and not totally suck. Expand

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